Despite the doomsaying from President Obama and Secretary Napolitano, the sequester “cuts” the Department of Homeland Security should not have that big an impact, considering they are sitting on $9 billion of surplus funds:
“[T]he Office of Management and Budget projected that at the end of fiscal year 2013, DHS would carry forward more than $9 billion in unobligated balances,” Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., wrote in a letter to Napolitano. “This is money that has not yet been spent, nor even assigned to a specific project, raising the question of why we would not start by reclaiming these funds. I would appreciate if DHS could provide an explanation for what these funds are for and whether the agency has considered them for sequestration.”
Sequestration will cut DHS’s budget by $2.6 billion.
Another question is why, when they have these funds, would they released illegal aliens from custody, claiming budget cuts were the reason.