Steve Neavling ticklethewire.com
Officials worry that cuts to the Border Patrol budget will weaken protection from drug smugglers and human traffickers, the Kansas City Star reports .
The cuts will go into effect unless President Obama and Congress can reach a compromise soon to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, the Star wrote.
Some experts said the cuts would have little impact on an agency that has grown wildly over the past two decades.
“The notion that a small cut in the budget of ICE or CBP will result in a flood of unauthorized immigration is ludicrous, said Alex Nowrasteh, the immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute, a libertarian research center in Washington.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano disagrees and said the money is needed for strong border protection.
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