In what may represent the most substantial funding of President Donald J. Trump’s border wall yet, the Pentagon announced on Friday that $1.5 billion dollars of discretionary funding will be contributed to the construction of 80 miles of barriers.
Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan explained that the funds were being diverted from several sources. More than $600 million that was intended for the often corrupt and wasteful Afghan security forces is going to be spent on wall construction, a welcome development for ‘America First’ Trump supporters who have called for foreign aid programs to be cut to fund wall construction.
Congressional Democrats expressed their desire to see the funds squandered in distant nations like Afghanistan, as opposed to used to secure the American homeland.
Other DoD funding being diverted to wall construction is being drawn from retirement funds, chemical demilitarization programs, and aid to Pakistan. Secretary Shanahan made it clear that the wall funding wouldn’t impact military readiness. A Pentagon spokesman said that the funds would specifically be used for “fence replacement on four additional projects in and around Tucson, AZ, and El Centro, TX.”
After drawn-out government shutdown and congressional negotiation proceedings, funding at least a segment of the border wall with Department of Defense resources could represent President Trump’s path of least resistance to finally putting a starter’s portion of the ‘big, beautiful’ wall he promised during his campaign smack down across the U.S-Mexico border.
A wall could serve as a useful and cost-saving deterrent to preventing illegal immigration, drug smuggling, and human trafficking. It’s likely that a wall that effectively deters illegal crossings would pay for itself- Customs and Border Patrol would be able to more effectively deploy their resources over the vast border.
WTH: Arizona Border Patrol Agent Arrested, Charged With Drug Trafficking
He was allegedly working with the drug smugglers.
A Customs and Border Patrol agent was arrested and federally charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking, conspiracy and distribution of controlled substances.
A Department of Justice charging document alleges that Carlos Victor Passapera Pinott, 53, of Buckeye, Arizona, transported two duffel bags containing heroin and fentanyl from the US-Mexico border to Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, where the drugs were handed off to another criminal operative.
Passapera is a Border Patrol agent assigned to the Tucson sector. The charging document details his alleged activities.
“On August 9, 2020, at approximately 3:15 AM, Passapera left his residence and drove south to a remote area of the border west of the Lukeville Port of Entry. Passapera then drove to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, where he loaded two duffel bags into another vehicle. Law enforcement agents stopped the driver of that vehicle after it left the airport, and searched the duffel bags.
The bags contained multiple packages of substances that field tested positive for the characteristics of cocaine (21 kilograms), heroin (1 kilogram), and fentanyl (1 kilogram). The bags also contained approximately 350,000 pills. A sample from the pills field tested positive for the characteristics of fentanyl.”
Law enforcement took Passapera into custody on Sunday, and seized $329,000 from his residence and $40,000 from his vehicle.
Passapera, who is facing multiple drug trafficking charges, could face a maximum penalty of life in prison. Federal prosecutors conceivably won’t take kindly to a federal agent engaging in what is a de facto betrayal of the United States, using a position of power to advance the goals of those who seem to be affiliated with criminal drug cartel and trafficking organizations.
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