WASHINGTON, D.C. – As long as Congress refuses to green-light funds for the border security our nation sorely needs, the executive branch has been forced to find alternative methods to fulfill it’s core duty of protecting our national sovereignty. That includes, of course, President Trump’s emergency declaration to free up funds for border security, but there are also less controversial pockets to dig into within the enormous budgets of federal government agencies.
The Pentagon did some accounting, and with interest in fulfilling the Commander-in-Chief’s call for a border wall, identified $12.8 billion in funds that could be used for border security without negatively impacting military operations or vital current projects.
From the Washington Examiner:
“The Pentagon’s list said it has found possible funding sources that are “in excess of the amount needed.”
But it’s not clear which projects the Defense Department will draw from. Some states that have been allocated big chunks of money that haven’t been spent could see a hit.
California, for example, was identified as having more than $700 million in unused Army and Navy military construction that could be used. Hawaii has more than $400 million that could be used.[…]”
While those funds would certainly help with border security, some lawmakers are warning that it could negatively impact military construction projects in states across the country, including North Carolina. Those are considerations that must be made with a focus on which priorities hold precedence when it comes to national security. We certainly don’t want unnecessary cuts to military investments in the Old North State, but sometimes hard choices must be made when we face the kind of threats (and financial drains) posed by illegal immigration.
What do you think? Should the Department of Defense scrape together these funds for the border wall, even if it stands to interrupt construction projects in North Carolina and other states?
Read more about the identified funds here.