Pentagon Finds $12.8 Billion for Border Wall

build wall taxpayers save money billions border pentagonThe Department of Defense has identified $12.8 billion in funds from projects that can be reallocated to the construction of a wall on the U.S.–Mexico border.

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) released a spreadsheet from the Pentagon on March 18 that lists military construction projects from which funds can be taken for the construction of a border wall.

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on the southwest border in February and ordered the Pentagon to shift $3.6 billion from the military construction budget to the border wall.

The Pentagon list represents an initial step in the vetting process to decide which project funds will be tapped for the wall. The criteria for the selection included only projects that have not yet been awarded as of December 2018. Projects with award dates in the fiscal year 2019, military housing, barracks, and dormitory projects will not be impacted, according to the fact sheet.

The Defense Department identified construction projects on overseas bases, including in Spain, Japan, and Italy, as well as domestic bases across the nation, including in New York, Texas, and California.

“The appearance of any project within the pool does not mean that the project will, in fact, be used to source [national emergency] projects,” the Defense Department said in a statement (pdf).

Congress passed a resolution last week to terminate Trump’s emergency declaration, but the president issued his first veto to block it. A dozen Republican senators defied Trump on the termination vote, but it is unlikely more will defect if there is a vote to override the veto. The declaration also faces legal challenges, although the White House is certain it will prevail.

Trump declared a national emergency after Democrats in Congress blocked all efforts to approve $5.7 billion for a border wall requested by the Department of Homeland Security. Congress appropriated $1.4 billion for border wall construction, far short of Trump’s request.

“I’d like to thank all of the Great Republican Senators who bravely voted for Strong Border Security and the WALL,” Trump wrote on Twitter on March 15. “This will help stop Crime, Human Trafficking, and Drugs entering our Country. Watch, when you get back to your State, they will LOVE you more than ever before!”

In addition to shifting $3.6 billion by using the emergency declaration, Trump ordered the reallocation of an additional $3.1 billion from the Treasury and Defense departments, which did not require an emergency declaration.

Illegal border crossings are on pace to reach nearly 1 million this year. In February alone, 66,000 people crossed the border illegally, according to the border patrol. An additional 10,000 were detained after presenting at a port of entry without proper paperwork.

Large groups of more than 100 migrants crossing the border illegally are a new trend at the border this year.

In one instance, Border agents encountered 334 illegal aliens who had been dropped off by eight commercial buses right at the U.S.–Mexico border, according to Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.

More than 70 such large groups have been apprehended by Border Patrol so far this fiscal year—compared to 13 such large groups in all of fiscal 2018.

Reprinted with permission from - The Epoch Times - by Ivan Pentchoukov

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1 year ago

Has to be built for the safety of our citizens.

Dolie Bond
1 year ago

All the people in Washington who are opposed to The Wall or the building of it should come down here in the Southern United States where we border with Mexico and see, watch, what is going on!!!! In El Paso Texas the illegals are coming in in droves!!! With children that aren’t even theirs, complaining of the life they have in their country, and its not only people from Mexico coming in. Something has to give: we need the Wall for petes sake. If they want to come to America, do it LEGALLY!!! We have to support Trump on this… Read more »

1 year ago

Democrats and RINOs are threatening our nation’s security and prosperity. Their policies are a detriment to all Americans and a boon to foreign invaders, terrorists, human and drug traffickers, the Mexican drug cartels, the sex slave industry, the lobby relying on cheap undocumented labor without having to pay taxes and benefits, and the Democrat Party that is attempting to replace, and disenfranchise the American electorate with those foreign invaders. The ruse of the Democrat Party being pro American workers is a farce and flies in the face of all facts.

Katherine Teissere
1 year ago

Get it done NOW!

Robert Ireland
1 year ago

I’d like to know how my state’s republicans voted in connection with the wall. If they voted against, they are out as far as my vote is concerned. Republicans in Kansas.

1 year ago

It s time everyone supports President Trump. Maybe illegal immigration hasn’t reach you, but it eventually will!

1 year ago

Leave Trump alone and free him to fix America.

Katherine Kurch
1 year ago

We need to secure our borders NOW! We also need to go after the ones responsible for things like the eight commercial busloads of people who were dropped off at the US/Mexico border. Someone is paying for it, and most likely making tons of money charging people for the ride. Putting a stop to them can only help.

1 year ago

We definitely need something built to stop the caravans of people. I haven’t seen these folks adopt an entire family and sponsor then 100% yet. so they don’t put their money where their mouths are. a million more w/o jobs; medical; homes; food; where will they go? I have been told by a border patrol that the jails in Texas are full of criminals; murder, robbery, heavy drugs. not the kind of people you want to live nearby. there are some peaceful folks who do want to come here and maybe for safety too. But we have to find a… Read more »

steve harmon
1 year ago

GREAT news, apparently no “Deep State” left in charge at the Pentagon. GREAT news for MY America!!! #2TermTrump

Barbara Kasten
1 year ago

Excellent news! We are behind you all the way, President Trump!

Beverly Eads
1 year ago

All I can say is Praise the Lord for allowing these monies to be found!

D Day
1 year ago

It is my impression that the border has become a catch and release fiasco. I find it hard to believe anything will get done before the next election. Government moves quickly only to reward or commend itself.

Paul W
1 year ago

I sincerely hope that there are viable candidates to oppose these 12 in a primary. Most of them are pure RINOs and the rest have really disappointed as of late. When the NYT, an over the top leftist rag, says that the border is at a breaking point, you know it’s BAD! BUILD THE WALL ALREADY!!!

1 year ago

BUILD THAT WALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 year ago

Awesome! Do it now before the socialists/communists find another way to stop it.

1 year ago

This is awesome, I agree we can cut some of the overseas installation improvements. We invest millions on installations overseas which belong to the host governments. And when we leave they keep everything, so they can foot some of the cost to renovate.

Charlie H
1 year ago

Thank God for President Trump. One more step toward taking our country back. The dems need another strong beating in 2020.

Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Fund the Wall Build Wall NOW.

Michael cozzi
1 year ago

Letz get it ????done

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