Murray Announces Additional Funding for Northern Border Law Enforcement

Jul 22 2010

Funding will provide critical support to strained border law enforcement

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that she included $5 million in additional funding to aid with border-related prosecutions in the Fiscal Year 2011 Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Bill that was that was approved today by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

"I’m proud to continue to provide investments to relieve Northern Border communities of the devastating cost of prosecuting border-related crimes,” said Senator Patty Murray. “I’m committed to continue providing our border communities with the resources they need to keep our border safe.” 

The Northern Border Prosecution Initiative (NBPI) helps local communities pay for judicial, penal, and enforcement expenses that result from federal border-related crime, such as captured international fugitives and international drug trafficking. When the U.S. Department of Justice declines to prosecute these federal border-related crimes, that burden often falls on Northern Border communities to prosecute them under state law. 

Southern border communities have had access to similar grants for years, and Senator Murray has been outspoken about this inequity. Last month, Senator Murray sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano urging ongoing support for existing and future operations along the northern border.

The funding in the initiative is distributed by a formula payment based on the number of days from the time that the U.S. Attorney’s office declines to take a case until the day that the county/city resolves the case.  The Northern Border Prosecutor Initiative pays for jail costs, judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys.