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Pentagon to Set Aside $1.5 Billion in Funding for Border Wall

Resources that were going to be spent on Afghan Security Forces will be used for wall construction.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Customs and Border Patrol Set to Deploy Elite Units to Sanctuary Cities to Assist ICE

CBP is serious about enforcing immigration law, even in cities that intend to flout it.

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Customs and Border Patrol is preparing to redeploy some of the agency’s highly trained tactical personnel throughout the nation’s “sanctuary cities” in order to support Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The New York Times reported on the development Friday, that signals the Department of Homeland Security(which presides over both entities) is dead serious about national immigration enforcement, even in scofflaw municipalities that have sought to neuter it.

According to the report, more than 100 of CBP’s agents are being deployed throughout the nation to assist in ICE operations. It’s possible the agents could be tasked with apprehending illegal alien fugitives who are released onto the streets from local jail custody. They’ve been described as members of a unit known as BORTAC, an unit of personnel analogous to CBP’s SWAT team.

It’s common for sanctuary city jurisdictions to release individuals who are often violent criminals from custody, ignoring ICE detainer requests that the fugitives be instead handed over to face federal charges for immigration violations.

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Sanctuary cities often create unnecessary risks to public safety by forcing ICE to arrest dangerous criminals off of the streets, when they could’ve been simply handed over from municipal jail systems to the federal agency. Eric Garcetti, the mayor of one of America’s biggest cities, openly admits that Los Angeles simply does not participate in immigration enforcement.

If scofflaw cities such as Philadelphia and Los Angeles are truly determined to undermine immigration law enforcement, then so be it. Attorney General Bill Barr has followed the lead of his predecessor, Jeff Sessions, in instituting new measures to punish the open borders cities, restricting them from federal law enforcement programs.

Conservatives shouldn’t be afraid of advocating for a strong federal government that will step in to perform the law enforcement duties sanctuary cities are cowering away from.

 

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