WASHINGTON, D.C. — A $38.5 billion appropriations bill approved by the House of Representatives Wednesday includes $9 million for Immigration and Naturalization Service construction projects in El Centro, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, announced Thursday.
Overall, the bill includes $5.6 billion for the INS but still must pass the Senate and be signed into law by the president. The bill includes money for the hiring of 570 new Border Patrol agents nationwide.
Of the construction money, $6 million is slated for the under-construction Border Patrol station on Aten Road and $3 million for the INS processing center on Imperial Ave.
Border Patrol spokesman Arturo Sandoval said the money for the station would be used to further its construction, including the building itself and holding cells.