On Friday President Obama signed an appropriations bill that provides exactly $600 million toward the security of the Southwest Border throughout the next year. Over 90% of the bill – $548 million – is for the salary and expenses of personnel.
- $175 million of the salary appropriations is for new border patrol agents – enough to hire about 1,500 agents, while the remaining salary funds go to the maintenance of other personnel such as training center employees, prison staff, and attorneys.
- Of the $52 million not appropriated for personnel expenses, $32 million is for unmanned aircraft, $6 million is for up to two new offices, and $14 million is for constructing fence along the Southwest border.
- The bill contained an additional $100 million for constructing fence, but this resolution was rescinded and did not make it into the final law, as you can view in the bill here [pdf.].