February 26th, 2009
03:12 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama's first budget proposes more funds for homeland security

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Department of Homeland Security will get more money so it can find and expel illegal immigrants who commit crimes, under proposals outlined Thursday in President Barack Obama's first budget.

Click on the jump for more info about homeland security funding in the budget.

The following are some of the key homeland security figures and proposals in the budget:

- $42.7 billion in funding for the department, up from $40.1 billion in fiscal year 2009

- This is in addition to the $2.8 billion in homeland security funding from the stimulus package, which is separate from the budget

- An increase in the Aviation Passenger Security Fee, which every air traveler pays, beginning in 2012. The administration says that the current fee covers only 36 percent of the cost of aviation security

- $1.4 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement programs "to ensure that illegal aliens who commit crimes are expeditiously identified and removed from the United States"

- $50 million for 15 new TSA "Visual Intermodal Protection and Response" teams

- $64 million "to modernize the infrastructure used to vet travelers and workers. These funds will strengthen screening in order to reduce the risk of potential terrorism or other unlawful activities that threaten the nation's transportation system"

- $110 million to expand the E-Verify program, an electronic employment eligibility verification system

The government's fiscal year runs from October of one year to September of the next.

Related: Obama unveils budget blueprint

- CNN's Robert Yoon contributed to this report.

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