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NEW: President Trump Briefed On Plan To Build Wall With Army Corps Infrastructure Funding

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President Donald Trump may use the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and a portion of their $13.9 billion funding to build a wall on the Southern Border, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the plan’s details, who leaked to NBC News on Thursday.

The USACE is a federal agency made up of around37,000 civilian and military personnel. They are tasked with designing and building public works projects around the world, making them one of the largest public engineering, design, and construction management agencies.

In the case of declaring a national emergency, it is the USACE who would be tasked with building the wall, something they can fund with money already set aside for projects across the country and around the world.

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The $13.9 billion is allocated to the agency through 2020, but much of the money has not yet been spent. In the case of a national emergency, that money can be diverted to fund a wall to fight back against the crisis on the border.

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Among the funding Trump could dip into, according to the officials familiar, is $2.4 billion allocated to projects in California and $2.5 billion set aside for reconstruction projects in Puerto Rico.

Using funding for projects in California would make sense, considering that California is the preeminent state encouraging illegal immigration.

If the USACE build the wall, it is expected to take 18 months to complete the 315 mile plan. The initial focus would be on the most heavily trafficked areas of the border, focusing on specific areas in Texas, California, and Arizona, known for the flood of illegal immigrants and drugs.

But if Trump pushes this plan forward, Democrats are expected to fight back, by blocking the re-allocation of the funds, according to a Capitol Hill source speaking to NBC News.

Democrats will almost certainly jump to ridiculous claims of President Trump putting people’s lives at risk, while ignoring the major risk that we live under with an insecure border.

 

 

 

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SUV Carrying 27 People Crashes with Semi Truck Near Mexican Border, At Least 15 Killed

A tragedy that could’ve been avoided.

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A Tuesday morning crash involving an SUV and a semi truck has killed at least 15 people.

The crash occurred near Holtville, California, a town close to both the Arizona border and the US-Mexico border. The SUV, according to the New York Times, pulled into the path of the semi at an intersection.

14 of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene, while another died at the hospital. At least six other victims are currently receiving treatment at the hospital as well.

It is believed that 27 passengers were packed inside the SUV, which had a maximum legal capacity of seven to eight people. Because of this and the crash’s proximity to the US-Mexico border, it is probable that the passengers were illegal immigrants being smuggled into the United States.

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The California Highway Patrol has not officially confirmed their immigration status because it is still under investigation, but Dr. Adolphe Edward of the El Centro Regional Medical Center said he believes the victims to be illegal aliens.

Big League Politics is closely following the illegal immigration crisis that’s been brewing since Joe Biden’s assumption of the White House. We recently reported on how the Border Patrol expects 13,000 illegal alien minors to arrive at the US-Mexico border in just the month of May. We also reported on Biden’s DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claiming that he didn’t think the situation at the border constitutes a crisis:

Another reporter asked Mayorkas if he thought there was a crisis at the border, to which he replied: “I think that the answer is no. I think there is a challenge at the border that we are managing, and we have our resources dedicated to managing it.” Despite the reporter’s pushback on his claim, Mayorkas reiterated that his team was working “around the clock” to address the issues confronting the DHS and that the level of illegal immigrants coming across the border constitutes a challenge, not a crisis.

Illegal immigration is harmful to both the nation and the migrants. Tuesday’s accident near the border was a tragedy that could’ve been avoided.

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