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Border Security in the 2003 Budget
In the 2003 Budget, the President has proposed approximately $11 billion for increased border security, including $380 million for the Immigration and Naturalization Service to construct a state of the art Entry-Exit system.
This represents an increase of $2.2 billion from the 2002 Budget for border security. This additional funding will allow our border agencies to begin implementing a seamless air, land, and sea border that protects the United States against foreign threats while moving legitimate goods and people into and out of the country.
U.S. - Canadian Border Agreement
In December 2001, the governments of United States and Canada concluded an agreement to build a smart border for the 21st century. Border agencies from both countries have made significant progress in implementing key elements of the agreement.
This summer, the United States and Canada will expand the NEXUS program - a "fast lane" system for verified low-risk travelers - to additional land border ports of entry along the northern border.
By March 25, 2002, the United States and Canada will have joint teams of customs officials in the ports of Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, Seattle-Tacoma, and Newark to target marine containers destined for either country at their first port of arrival into North America.
These initiatives complement a broad range of ongoing cooperative efforts to build a border that securely facilitates the free flow of people and commerce.
The Border of the Future
President Bush envisions a border management system that screens goods and people to the maximum extent possible prior to their arrival on U.S. territory. High-tech inspections and tracking mechanisms will assure the integrity of the entire chain of supply from producer to consumer.
Pre-registered individuals and pre-cleared cargo will be sped across borders and federal border-control agencies will have seamless information-sharing systems. Agreements with our neighbors, major trading partners, and private industry will allow extensive pre-screening of low-risk traffic, thereby allowing border assets to focus attention on high-risk traffic.
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