Trump to divert $7.2 billion from Pentagon for border wall

Trump to divert $7.2 billion from Pentagon for border wall
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President Trump plans to divert $7.2 billion from the Pentagon to go toward border wall construction this year, an amount five times greater than what Congress authorized in the budget.

This would be the second year in a row that money is redirected to the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border from military construction projects and counternarcotics funding. 

The administration will take $3.5 billion from counterdrug programs and $3.7 billion from military construction funding, according to internal planning figures obtained by the Post, compared to $2.5 billion and $3.6 billion, respectively, last year. 

 

The Defense Department told The Hill that it deferred to the White House to comment. The White House did not immediately return a request for comment. 

A total of $18.4 billion in federal funds has gone to the border wall during Trump’s presidency. The plans indicate that this new boost of funding would allow the administration to build about 885 miles of new fencing by spring of 2022, more than the 509 miles planned for the border, according to the Post.

So far, the administration has finished 101 miles of new barriers as the end of 2020 deadline by which the president promised 450 miles of new border wall approaches.

Legal controversy has surrounded the president’s campaign promise, with a federal district court in El Paso, Texas, freezing the $3.6 billion for new barriers because Congress designated it for something else. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, in New Orleans, reversed that ruling last week.

Administration officials told the Post that the New Orleans ruling influenced the president and his administration to redirect money again this year.

Several dozen military construction projects have been delayed or suspended from last year because of the redirection of funds, according to the Post.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a statement in response to the Post's reporting.

"Multiple courts have already ruled that President Trump has no authority to take billions from service members for his xenophobic wall," said Dror Ladin, a staff attorney with the ACLU's National Security Project. "The ACLU won't rest until the president's illegal power grab is blocked once and for all."

Womp Womp . . . .

 

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    Eric Scheulin · 4 months ago
    What does a border wall have to do with racism and xenophobia? If you have a front door to your house, it’s the same barrier! You want to know and verify the people who enter your home!

    We all know why Demonrats oppose want the wall, so Illegal immigrants can flood into The US, and VOTE for them! Because they have lost their citizen following!

    Give the Demonrats power, like Nervous Nancy has in the House, and you get exactly what they stand for:
    1.Weaponize the DOU and FBI against innocents
    2. Turn our courts into Liberal Activist
    3. Unfair Impeachment, with no Due Process
    4. Quid Pro Joe and the Flow of US taxpayer funded money into Demonrat and Globalist coffers.
    5. American economic slavery to all other globalist countries.
    6. governments supporting and funding radical nuclear states!

    It must stop now!
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    Thomas N. Kuss II · 4 months ago
    "High School and College claim Americans are White Racist." What's Scary is the Stupidity Demonstrated by those in Charge of Higher Education... "A Bunch of Idiots disrupting Our Children!" You would discover with serious research Racism is a Ploy, created and designed, by Russian Intelligence to wreck havoc amongst American Society. They (Russians) have achieved their Goals well beyond their Wildest Dreams... Their (Russians) main focal point of Operations is through the Democratic Party, whom are "Complete Fools bordering on Insanity."
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    Copperhead · 4 months ago
    More fence, more bullshit.
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    Grim · 4 months ago
    I'd like the new wall better if it was complete, located 25 miles within Mexico as a permanent buffer zone and staffed with heavily armed personnel every hundred yards, with permission to neutralize invaders.