No matter what Congress has to say about appropriating money for the border wall or barrier on the southern border, the people actually spending it, are ready to do the building. On Monday evening, Pentagon spokespeople announced the transfer of one BILLION dollars from the Department of Homeland Security to the Army Corps of Engineers to facilitate the building of the much needed – and wanted by the American people – border wall on the southern border.
The Department of Defense issued a press release that read:
Today, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan authorized the commander of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and executing up to $1 billion in support to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection. These funds will be used to support DHS’s request to build 57 miles of 18-foot-high pedestrian fencing, constructing and improving roads, and installing lighting within the Yuma and El Paso Sectors of the border in support of the February 15 national emergency declaration on the southern border of the United States.
10 U.S.C. § 284(b)(7) gives the Department of Defense the authority to construct roads and fences and to install lighting to block drug-smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States in support of counter-narcotic activities of Federal law enforcement agencies.
In a shocking development, the howls from Democrat lawmakers could not be heard over the applause from the American people.
Predictably, every Democratic senator serving on the on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s subcommittees on Defense and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies signed a letter objecting to the move, which was made possible by President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency in February. CNN reported that the letter stated, “We strongly object to both the substance of the funding transfer, and to the Department implementing the transfer without seeking the approval of the congressional defense committees and in violation of provisions in the defense appropriation itself. As a result, we have serious concerns that the Department has allowed political interference and pet projects to come ahead of many near-term, critical readiness issues facing our military.”
Too bad, so sad. We are getting our wall…and one billion is barely a dent in the Pentagon’s budget, especially when it’s coming from another cabinet department and not involving active military at all.