Groups Allege Proposed Budget Harms Trade, Immigrants

With the announcement of the Obama administration’s proposed 2013 budget, the White House and the Department of Homeland Security are expected to hear renewed criticism and concerns from immigrant-rights coalitions and border business interests.

The Texas Border Coalition, a group of elected officials and private-sector leaders that advocates for additional resources at the nation’s land ports, is among those claiming that the proposal excludes much-needed funding to improve port infrastructure and increased staffing, components it says are essential to maintaining robust trade on the border. Meanwhile, rights groups are balking at the proposed expansion of an immigration-enforcement policy they ...

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