Delays prompt White House to propose deep cut in secure border initiative – NextGov

President Obama proposed slashing by more than a quarter the fiscal 2011 budget for the Homeland Security Department’s massive border security project, which relies on high-tech equipment to look for illegal immigrants, because of long development delays.

The White House asked for $574.2 million for the Secure Border Initiative, a cut of 28 percent from the $800 million fiscal 2010 budget. SBI includes security fencing that would eventually run along the southern and northwestern borders of the United States, and a network of sensors, cameras and control towers to monitor the areas.