President Obama’s FY15 Budget Calls on Congress to Enact Immigration Reform

Earlier today, in releasing his budget for fiscal year 2015, President Obama again called on Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform, which is expected to reduce the deficit by $158 billion in 10 years. The new budget also proposes a 10% decrease in the so-called “detention bed mandate,” which currently requires the Department of Homeland Security to fill 34,000 immigrant detention center beds daily. Additionally, the budget includes $1.5 billion to aid Syrian refugees and opposition forces within Syria, maintains crucial for the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and increases funding for immigrant integration efforts and immigration courts.