Department of Justice — The President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget

Assistant Director for Immigration Policy and Advocacy

February 12, 2016

FY 2017 Total Request: $29.0 billion [FY 2016 Enacted: $28.7 billion; 3.4 percent increase].

Law Enforcement Components: $14.404 billion [FY 2016 Enacted: $13.796 billion; 4.4 percent increase]. The law enforcement components of the Department of Justice include the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the U.S. Marshals Service.

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation: $9.194 billion [FY 2016 Enacted: $8.718 billion; 5.5 percent increase]. The FBI will use the funding for counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and infrastructure efforts. Congress directed the FBI to provide increased support to local field offices to enhance efforts to combat human and sex trafficking. The request calls for 36,078 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions, a decrease from 36,426 FTEs in FY 2016.
  • Drug Enforcement Administration: $2.097 billion [FY 2016 Enacted: $2.080 billion; 0.8 percent increase]. The DEA will continue its task of fighting drug abuse and crime across the nation, including at our nation’s borders. The request calls for 7,738 FTEs, a slight increase from 7,711 FTEs in FY 2016.
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: $1.306 billion [FY 2016 Enacted: $1.240 billion; 5.3 percent increase]. This includes the training and acquisition of canines for explosives and fire accelerants detection and to provide assistance to State and local law enforcement agencies. The request calls for 5,268 FTEs, an increase from 5,080 FTEs in FY 2016.
  • The U.S. Marshals Service: $2.765 billion [FY 2016 Enacted: $2.504 billion; 10.4 percent increase]. The U.S. Marshals Service includes the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS), which is responsible for transporting detainees in its custody and federal prison system prisoners. The request calls for 5,367 FTEs, an increase from 5,305 FTEs in FY 2016.

 

U.S. Attorneys: $2.074 billion [FY 2016 Enacted: $2 billion; 3.7 percent increase]. Among other tasks, U.S. Attorneys enforce immigration laws and combat and deter southwest border-related crime. U.S. Attorneys also work with the Civil Rights Division in prosecuting civil rights violations. The request calls for 11,826 FTEs, an increase from 11,711 FTEs in FY 2016.

Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR): $424.151 million [FY 2016 Enacted: $416.283 million; 1.9 percent increase]. EOIR contains 58 immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). It adjudicates all deportation hearings and subsequent administrative appeals hearings. Funding includes enhancements in teleconferencing and information technology, support for immigration enforcement initiatives, and hiring and on-boarding all new judges and associated support teams. Includes funding for the Office of the Pardon Attorney (OPA). The request provides for 1,832 FTEs, an increase from 1,667 FTEs in FY 2016. In addition to the appropriated funding, EOIR would receive an additional $4 million transfer from the Department of Homeland Security Immigration Examinations Fee Account.

Community Relations Service: $18.990 million [FY 2016 Enacted: $14.446 million; 31.5 percent increase]. The Community Relations Service provides assistance to state and local communities in the prevention and resolution of tension, violence and civil disorders relating to actual or perceived discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin. It works with communities to prevent and respond to hate crimes and address tension associated with alleged discrimination. The request calls for 71 FTEs, an increase from 58 FTEs in FY 2016.

State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP): $0 [FY 2016 Enacted: $210 million]. The request calls for ending SCAAP. SCAAP is part of the Office of Justice Programs, State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance and provides federal payments to states and localities that incurred correctional costs for incarcerating undocumented immigrants. The administration has previously attempted to end SCAAP, but Congress continues to maintain or increase funding for the program.

Victims of Trafficking Grant Program: $45 million [FY 2016 Enacted: $45 million; no change in funding]. Housed under the Office of Justice Programs, this program helps combat human trafficking and provides services to trafficking victims. Funding for the Victims of Trafficking Grant Program is being requested under the Crime Victims Fund.

Office on Violence against Women: 489.000 million [FY 2016 Enacted: $480 million; 1.9 percent increase]. The Office on Violence against Women administers programs aimed at reducing violence against women (including immigrant women) and providing assistance for victims of domestic violence. The request provides for 89 FTEs, an increase from 76 FTEs in FY 2016.

Community Policing (COPS): $286 million [FY 2016 Enacted: $212 million; 34.9 percent increase]. Established in 1994, the mission of the COPS Office is to advance public safety through the practice of community policing. The request calls for 124 FTEs, a slight increase from 118 FTEs in FY 2016.