Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced this week to Congress that he was diverting $3.6 billion from military construction projects to build 175 miles of border wall, a move that advanced one of President Trump’s top campaign pledges and infuriated Democrats. They are crying foul — claiming that the military is hurt by this. What nonsense. Projects have not been canceled… simply deferred. And since when does the left give a flip about the military anyway?
I shouldn’t even have to say this but the primary function of our military is to keep us safe. Securing our borders and ensuring our sovereignty does just that. It also stops the left from shifting the voting demographic even more by letting in every illegal that crosses the border. It saves us money, saves lives, and strengthens the homefront. All things that the left hates and patriotic Americans love.
Esper stated in a letter that is dated September 3rd to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK):
“Pursuant to the authority granted to me in Section 2808, I have determined that 11 military construction projects along the international border with Mexico, with an estimated total cost of $3.6 billion, are necessary to support the use of the armed forces in connection with the national emergency.
“These projects will deter illegal entry, increase the vanishing time of those illegally crossing the border, and channel migrants to ports of entry. They will reduce the demand for DoD personnel and assets at the locations where the barriers are constructed and allow the redeployment of DoD personnel and assets to other high-traffic areas on the border without barriers.”
Esper directed the acting Army secretary to begin the 11 projects “expeditiously.” That means… yesterday. And just before the 2020 presidential election. No wonder the left is livid over this development.
“The funds being used are from deferred military construction projects that are not scheduled for award until fiscal year 2020 or later and do not include any family housing, barracks, or dormitory projects.
“Approximately $1.8 billion of the funds will come from projects slated for outside the U.S., and the remaining $1.8 billion would come from projects slated for within the U.S. The funds for overseas projects will be prioritized for use first.
“Pentagon officials said during a press conference Tuesday that funding for 127 military construction projects would be delayed to build 175 miles of the border wall. The 11 projects include the replacement and new construction of border wall across El Paso and Laredo, Texas; Yuma, Arizona; and San Diego and El Centro, California.
“Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Comptroller Elaine McCusker said construction is expected to begin in approximately 135 days where the federal government owns land along the border.
Construction continues on the border wall in Yuma, AZ. The process includes panel fabrication and delivery, demolition, soil conditioning and digging, trench digging, panel hoisting and installation. pic.twitter.com/00VvwipMte
— CBP (@CBP) August 31, 2019
“Officials said they hope to backfill those diverted funds with money in the upcoming fiscal year 2020 budget request.
“Army Lt. Gen. Andrew W. Poppas, director of operations for the Joint Staff, said he expected that some of the 7,500 active duty and National Guard troops currently on the border would be able to leave once the projects are completed but did not speculate on when that could be.
“Democrats expressed anger over the diversion of funds from military construction projects to the border wall.
“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tweeted that “canceling” military construction projects to pay for Trump’s “wasteful, ineffective wall” will “undermine our national security and the quality of life & morale” or troops.
“She vowed to fight the use of Pentagon funds for the border wall “in the Courts”:
The House will continue to fight this unacceptable and deeply dangerous decision in the Courts, in the Congress and in the court of public opinion, and honor our oath to protect the Constitution. https://t.co/d5Nf0V8FkL
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 3, 2019
“Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted it was a “slap in the face” to U.S. troops that the president was willing to “cannibalize” military funding for the border wall. He said projects at West Point would be impacted:
It is a slap in the face to the members of the Armed Forces who serve our country that @realDonaldTrump is willing to cannibalize already allocated military funding to boost his own ego, and for a wall he promised Mexico would pay to build. https://t.co/sv2ys87bw1
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 3, 2019
“Trump declared a national emergency at the border in February, which allowed for the transfer of government funds towards the border wall. The Supreme Court ruled in July 5–4 that he had the authority to skirt Congress and transfer those funds.
“Earlier this year, the Pentagon redirected $2.5 billion to the border wall from a counter-drug fund for roughly 100 miles of border wall in New Mexico, Arizona, and California. The Supreme Court ruled in late July that the administration could transfer those funds. Last week the Pentagon said it had leftover money to construct an additional 20 miles of border wall.
“As Breitbart News has previously reported, since Trump took office in January 2017, the Department of Homeland Security has completed about 60 miles of border wall construction, replacing existing, dilapidated fencing that was low to the ground and easy to climb over.
“The administration’s goal is to build 500 miles by November 2020.”
Sounds like the Trump administration is well on their way to completing the border wall along with help from Brian Kolfage and the patriots at We Build The Wall.
A border wall was a major promise of the president’s 2016 election campaign, but Congress has blocked funding all of it. And by Congress, I primarily mean Democrats. This year they allocated $1.4 billion, but the president wanted much more. The administration has awarded $2.8 billion in contracts for barriers covering 247 miles, with all but 17 miles of that to replace existing barriers instead of expanding coverage. Various forms of barriers already have existed along 654 miles — about a third — of the border.
The Trump administration plans to use the newly diverted military construction money specifically on 11 wall projects in Arizona, California, and Texas. The border between the U.S. and Mexico stretches 1,954 miles, per the International Boundary and Water Commission.
Another Trump promise kept and just in time for a second presidential term. Good times. #WeBuildTheWall
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