FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations – Department of Justice

Assistant Director for Immigration Policy and Advocacy

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December 22, 2015

Department of Justice

FY 2016 Total Request: $29.089 billion [FY 2015 Enacted: $27.030 billion; 7.6 percent increase].

Law Enforcement: $14.819 billion [FY 2015 Enacted $13.371 billion; 10.8 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: $8.799 billion [FY 2015 Enacted $8.437 billion; 4.3 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.
  • Drug Enforcement Administration: $2.080 billion [FY 2015 Enacted $2.033 billion; 2.3 percent increase]. The DEA will continue its task of fighting drug abuse and crime across the nation, including at our nation’s borders.
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: $1.240 billion [FY 2015 Enacted $1.201 billion; a 3.2 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 U.S. Marshals Service: $2.700 billion [FY 2015 Enacted $1.700 billion; 58.8 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.

U.S. Attorneys: $2.000 billion [FY 2015 Enacted: $1.960 billion; 2.4 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.

Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR): $426.791 million [FY 2015 Enacted: $347.2 million; 22.9 percent increase]. This funding includes an annual $4 million transfer from the Department of Homeland Security Immigration Examinations Fee Account to EOIR. 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).

  • Immigration Judge Teams: Increases EOIR funding by $76 million to support 55 new Immigration Judge Teams. The Immigration Judge Teams will consist of an immigration judge, a language specialist, a legal technician, a clerk, a law clerk and one administrative support position. In addition, every two Immigration Judge Teams would share a BIA attorney and a paralegal.

Community Relations Service: $14.446 million [FY 2015 Enacted: $12.2 million; 18.4 percent increase]. CRS 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.

State Criminal Alien Assistance Program: $210 million [FY 2015 Enacted: $185 million; 13.5 percent increase]. This program 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 this program, but Congress continues to maintain or increase funding for the program.

Victims of Trafficking Grant Program: $45 million [FY 2015 Enacted: 42.25 million; 6.5 percent increase]. Housed under the Office of Justice Programs, this program helps combat human trafficking and provides services to trafficking victims.

Office on Violence against Women: $480 million [FY 2015 Enacted: $430 million; 11.6 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.

Community Policing (COPS): $212 million [FY 2015 Enacted: $208 million; 1.9 percent increase]. Established in 1994, the mission of the COPS Office is to advance public safety through the practice of community policing.