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Funding the Border Wall with Military Project Cuts?
Sep 8, 2019 at 10:21 PM

The Quick Facts

  • Back in February, President Trump declared a national emergency on immigration, identifying up to $8.1 billion in other government accounts for potential wall construction. This included $3.6 billion from military construction projects, which until recently were awaiting approval from the Defense Department.
  • Last week, on September 3rd, 2019, Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved the use of $3.6 billion, previously meant to fund 127 military construction projects, to build 175 miles of fencing along the US-Mexico border.
  • Projects facing cuts are located in 23 states, 19 countries, and three U.S. territories. $1.1 billion of the cuts come from projects in the continental US.
  • While many of these projects are less urgent, like new parking lots, others include a cyber ops facility, an expansion of a missile defense field, and a middle school.

Food For Thought

Does the border wall need to be built? If so, is this the right way to fund it?

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