Contrary to popular belief on the left and in the mainstream media, the wall and barrier system along the southern border is actually being built. The initial sections have been replacements for systems close to cities and in some of the most heavily trafficked areas, but the wall is going up albeit not quickly enough to stop all illegal activity happening close to its proximity.
This week, the wall funding – most of what was holding up the acceleration of the pace of its construction – got a boost from it’s biggest cheerleader, President Donald Trump, with an infusion of cash.
The administration of President Donald Trump is planning to move an additional $7.2 billion of Pentagon funding to build a border wall, according to several news reports.
The White House would shift money from two sources — $3.7 billion from one fund for military construction and $3.5 billion from another for counter-narcotic programs — into a pot to be used for border-wall construction, according to reports in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post on Tuesday, citing anonymous sources familiar with the plans.
According to The Washington Post, which said it had obtained the plans, “the funding would give the government enough money to complete about 885 miles of new fencing by spring 2022, far more than the 509 miles the administration has slated for the U.S. border with Mexico.”
Anonymous sources tend not to be the most reliable of places to get information, especially when it comes to the Trump Administration, but these reports are believable in their specificity of where the money would be coming from: pots of cash that are meant to be a part of national defense.
The move would bring the total amount of federal funds allocated to border fencing to $18.4 billion under Trump, The Washington Post noted, adding that “101 miles of new barriers had been constructed so far, according to the latest figures, far less than the 450 miles the president has promised to erect by the end of the year.
The wall would be built much more quickly if the president had cooperation in Congress to achieve the goal. As it is, he’s having to move money just to do what has been done so far.