President Trump during the insanity that was the presidential race of 2016 had some key applause lines, “Build The Wall”, coupled with “Mexico is going to pay for it”. Now we’ve found out Mexico isn’t going to pay for it and we are losing funding to three key agencies. The Coast Guard, FEMA, and airport security are facing large budget cuts as an effort to fund Trump’s pet project the “wall” along the southern border.
The cost of Trump’s wall is now estimated at $20 BILLION. We are now trading our vital services for completely frivolous Republican pet projects.
The cost of Trump’s wall is projected to reach past $20 billion. During the campaign, Trump repeatedly claimed that Mexico would pay for the wall, but it’s clear now that American taxpayers will be footing the bill. And rather than create a new budget item, Trump is considering just cutting funding from existing national security and national emergency management agencies to use it to pay for the wall instead.
On the chopping block includes the U.S. Coast Guard, a crucial branch of the military that patrols and secures our ports, coast lines, and waterways, defending them from potential terrorist attacks and rescuing people.
Members of Trump’s own party are speaking out against him, Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter said:
“You have President Trump talking about security, criminal networks — that’s what the Coast Guard does, literally!” Hunter said. “So how can the president talk about… stopping illegal immigration, illegal drugs, and criminal narco networks, and then say we’re going to cut the military and cut the Coast Guard? The way you stop bad things from happening here is not directly on the border, necessarily. So this is nonsensical to me.”
The Washington Post dove into the numbers to see just how much money will be deprived from our emergency and vital security services, via WaPo:
The proposal, drawn up by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), also would slash the budget of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which provides disaster relief after hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters. The Coast Guard’s $9.1 billion budget in 2017 would be cut 14 percent to about $7.8 billion, while the TSA and FEMA budgets would be reduced about 11 percent each to $4.5 billion and $3.6 billion, respectively.
The necessity and urgency of Trump’s wall are unclear to anyone familiar with the facts. Immigrant in recent years has been net zero, there is no longer a problem with illegal immigrants crossing the border. Additionally, those in favor of more “security” along the southern border have said a physical wall is not ideal as it obscures visibility, making it more difficult to see if potentially illegal activity is taking place – instead preferring a fence.
While the experts tell us that a fence is preferable, and that immigration is net zero, it’s unlikely that the facts will get in the way of Trump who ran on completely fabricated fears being cultivated in the minds of people who needed a scapegoat to blame for the problems in their own lives.
What do you think of Trump’s plan to take money away from emergency services and allocate it to his wall? Comment below and let us know.