Published: Wed, January 15, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump admin weighs shifting billions more for border wall

Trump admin weighs shifting billions more for border wall

Border wall is built in New Mexico. "Declaring a national emergency to build the border wall is unnecessary, sets a unsafe precedent and is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution", Senator Alexander said.

President Donald Trump is preparing to divert an additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funding for border wall construction this year, five times what Congress authorized him to spend on the project in the 2020 budget, according to internal planning figures obtained by The Washington Post. That will bring the total amount of government money used on the wall to $18.4 billion. The declaration of a national emergency would allow the president to transfer funding that was not provided by Congress from military construction projects and other parts of the federal government. Just under half, or $3.5 billion, will be taken from programs meant to fight drug trafficking.

The additional funds would give the administration the money to build about 885 miles of new barriers by 2022, significantly more than the 509 miles the administration had set as a target for the end of Trump's first term.

Last month, reports showed that the number of Mexican nationals seeking asylum in the us has risen dramatically over the a year ago, despite Central American migration numbers dropping as a result of Trump's policies.

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The White House and Department of Homeland Security did not respond to requests for comment.

The White House shifted $2.5 billion using counternarcotics authorities last year, but this year Trump plans to boost that to $3.5 billion.

For those projects to go forward, Congress would again have to appropriate funding for them.

The military projects that lost funding to the border barrier in 2019 included schools on military bases at home and overseas, as well as repairs to military installations in Puerto Rico that suffered damage from Hurricane Maria. But the Trump administration has been remarkably bad at estimating how much border wall can be built. Among the defunded projects were a new middle school on a base in Kentucky and repairs to a unsafe U.S. Navy maintenance building in Virginia. Last July, the Supreme Court killed a lower-court injunction that put a stop to money transfers from the Pentagon to the border-wall project.

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