This “beautiful big wall” President Trump has never tired of facing has become one of the most expensive campaign stunts ever. It is potentially unconstitutional, as the Department of Defense prepares to transfer billions of dollars authorized by Congress from a variety of weapons programs to generate bragging rights for Mr Trump’s re-election campaign.
On Thursday, the Pentagon officially informed Congress that it would transfer $ 3.8 billion to the Department of Homeland Security to build about 177 miles of fence along the Mexican border. This would amount to nearly $ 10 billion, the administration’s defense accounts for building the wall, after the skeptical Congress approved only $ 1.375 billion.
Lawmakers on both sides have attacked White House raids on military funds as violating constitutionally mandated Congressional power.
“This latest effort to steal military funding for Congress undermines our national security and the separation of powers stipulated in our constitution,” said spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, Democratic leaders, He said in a joint statement Thursday.
The Pentagon said the money that was ceded would have gone to combat aircraft, combat aircraft, ships, and National Guard equipment. Instead, it will be used to set 30-foot-high barriers along six sections of the border so that Mr Trump can boast that he has kept his campaign promise, despite repeated congressional refusals to give him all the money he wants and the lower court rules that have prevented other funds from being used for the wall . Partly, Mr. Trump was able to do so by declaring a state of emergency a year ago to transfer military funds, thanks in part to: The Supreme Court ruling that canceled lower court orders that prevented Mr. Trump from taking over the Pentagon in cash to pay for the wall.
It has become almost difficult to read the reasons why this wall is a waste of money, starting with the fact that Mr. Trump’s campaign advisers first conjured him up, as he explored a White House race, not as a solution. To the illegal border crossing but as a point of discussion to ensure that their man, who resists reading from one of the famous texts, will remember to talk about militancy in immigration.
Once Mr. Trump was elected, it became the point of conversation that became his promise of a signature campaign and then obsessed with signing for his presidency. The battle over its funding with the skeptical Congress at some point led to a partial government shutdown and a state of emergency. “Building the Wall” has become a talisman in the tumultuous gatherings of Mr. Trump, and it is the mantra of efforts often and often harsh to close America’s doors to immigrants, especially Muslims or immigrants of color, whether they are legal or illegal.
The attack against America’s openness to immigrants took many forms, from separating children from their parents to closing various preferential visa programs, to banning travelers from some Muslim-majority countries. The administration obtained temporary approval from the Supreme Court to deprive immigrants of green cards believed to be likely to benefit from public assistance programs, or the so-called public charge base. It also prevented New Yorkers from applying for trusted traveler programs as a punishment for state law that limits immigration agents’ access to government driver’s license information.
But the expensive and useless wall remained the center of Mr. Trump’s malicious vision. From the start, the project was full of lies and delusions. Mr. Trump argued that the wall would prevent illegal immigrants, even though up to half of the illegal immigrants in the United States legally entered and exceeded their visas. He claims that the southern border is a “pipeline of vast quantities of illegal drugs”. According to the DEA Most trafficking occurs through entry ports – or, in the case of strong opiates, through the mail.
The $ 738 billion military budget for 2020 could be very large, and this will not affect the few billion dollars higher on US security. This misses the principle. The portfolio authority belongs to Congress, and lawmakers must decide how America’s wealth is spent. Despite bitter divisions, Congress has repeatedly concluded that the wall that Mr. Trump wants to build is a waste of money.
This does not mean that there are no barriers along the 1954-mile border. In fact, there is already 650 miles of fence of all kinds, and most of what the administration has been doing so far is replacing old barriers with a “border wall system”. The cost was between $ 20 million and $ 30 million per mile in South Texas (the Israeli wall in the West Bank, by contrast, cost more than $ 5 million per mile), and the price will only increase as the administration moves to acquire private land ownership Through a prominent field, a process that involves lengthy and costly legal procedures.
This is a ridiculous price that the president pays to be able to reveal the chants of “Build the Wall” from his followers, and most of them will definitely vote for him with or without a wall.
Congress, which realizes that the wall is nonsense too expensive, should not allow itself to avoid it. He can vote under the emergency – and that will be followed by the veto in the White House. Then she can finally embrace her duty to write a long-awaited comprehensive immigration bill, based on American traditions of tolerance and humanity, including a reasonable and practical boundary barrier.