Defense of Department diverting $6 billion to fund border wall projects
In light of escalating cartel activity and an illegal immigration crisis, over six billion dollars in U.S. Department of Defense funds are being diverted to build and improve border defenses on the U.S.-Mexico border- and defense officials are predicting no negative effects whatsoever.
The money, which was originally part of a series of programs ranging from paying Afghan security forces to military base construction projects, and retirement programs, was diverted to reinforce border fortifications at critical locations.
The approval of the funding diversion was green-lit by the U.S. Supreme Court, who paved the way for the current administration to use the funding for border security.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Pentagon officials said no transfer in funding to border security will affect military readiness or benefits, as the DoD no longer needs such a large sum of money for Afghan security forces and very few serving service members switched from the traditional retirement system to the new blended system last year. As such, there is plenty of funding left over to divert to the border.
Other funding sources include the USAF’s $343 million in weapons program funding, which had a surplus after officials negotiated reductions or canceled systems.
The money will provide around 100 extra miles of the border wall, which will be located in strategically-important areas of concern.
Despite the fiscally sound nature of the trade-off, some politicians have objected to the diversion. Democratic Washington Senator Adam Smith claimed it undermined congressional authority.
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