Military Funds Redirected to Border Wall 💵
On Tuesday, the Pentagon formally authorized the reallocation of $3.6 billion of military funding towards 175 miles of the United States-Mexico border wall. The funds will be taken away from military construction projects occurring both within and outside the U.S. The move is expected to decrease the 5,700 active duty and National Guard troops currently deployed to the border.
How did this happen?
At the start of the year, a two-month-long impasse over President Trump’s proposed border wall caused the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. This led to Trump’s decision to announce a national emergency over immigration, pledging to take unilateral action on the border. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s approval of the reallocation of funds fulfilled Trump’s request, aiding his attempt to deliver on his campaign promise.
The right largely supports Trump’s decision, criticizing Congress’ resistance to funding the border wall construction. Headlines primarily focus on the funding and progress made at the border and leave out the source of the reallocated money.
The left echoes the sentiments of leading Democratic politicians like Sen. Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, both of whom have described the move as one that undermines national security and illegally overrides Congress spending decisions. Further, many sources point out how little the funds will ultimately accomplish at the border.
Where's the common ground?
There is little common ground between the parties. However, the potential for the reallocated funds to lower the number of troops currently stationed at the border may appease both sides. Ultimately, both sides acknowledge the need for immigration reform, despite radically different ways of achieving this goal.
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