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Courts Need $40M for Border Plan

Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 04:20 PM

President Barack Obama's $600 million border security plan seems to have it all: More than 1,000 agents, seven gunrunner teams, five FBI task forces and more prosecutors and immigration judges.

A judiciary official tells The Associated Press that it doesn't however include $40 million to help the already overwhelmed federal courts along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Increased patrols will mean more arrests and more cases sent to the five district courts along the border, from California to Texas. The courts handle cases including drug trafficking and illegal immigrants charged with other serious crimes.

James Duff, director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, says the judiciary's request includes hiring judges and staff.

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