Pentagon approves plan to shift $1.5B for wall along US-Mexico border

  
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Pentagon approves plan to shift $1.5B for wall along US-Mexico border
"Today, I authorized the transfer of $1.5 billion toward the construction of more than 80 miles of border barrier," he said. "The funds were drawn from a variety of sources, including cost savings, programmatic changes, and revised requirements, and therefore will have minimal impact on force readiness." In March, Shanahan approved the first transfer of Defense Department dollars and redirected $1 billion to help build nearly 60 miles of wall in Yuma, Ariz. and El Paso, Texas. The combined...

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The Pentagon has approved a plan to spend an additional $1.5 billion to build 80 more miles of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News Friday.

Acting Defense Secretary PatrickShanahan approved the re-allocation of funds, which were originally earmarked for support of Afghan security forces and other projects, to help pay for the wall along the southern border.

"Today, I authorized the transfer of $1.5 billion toward the construction of more than 80 miles of border barrier," he said. "The funds were drawn from a variety of sources, including cost savings, programmatic changes, and revised requirements, and therefore will have minimal impact on force readiness."

In March, Shanahan approved the first transfer of Defense Department dollars and redirected $1 billion to help build nearly 60 miles of wall in Yuma, Ariz. and El Paso, Texas.

The combined total of $2.5 billion is in response to President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border.

But the plan to divert Pentagon funding has sparked criticism from congressional Democrats, who accused Shanahan of not seeking approval to “reprogram” the funds without congressional authority. Shanahan and other senior defense officials claimed in response they did not have to get permission from Congress despite the objections from Democratic lawmakers.

Shanahan, who has said he plans to visit the border on Saturday, said that the Pentagon is “fully engaged” in fixing the border crisis. He said that more than 4,000 troops and 19 aircraft are supporting Customs and Border Protection personnel.

The funds are being reprogrammed from the Afghan Security Forces Fund, a project focused on chemical weapons, Air Force programs, savings related to a military retirement system, and coalition support funds. The Pentagon is also expected, at some point, to transfer up to $3.6 billion from military construction budgets to pay for wall construction, but details of those plans have yet to be announced.

The move comes after White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that the president would officially nominate Shanahan to be the next U.S. secretary of defense. The decision to have Shanahan permanently lead the department “is based upon his outstanding service to the country and his demonstrated ability to lead.”

"Acting Secretary Shanahan has proven over the last several months that he is beyond qualified to lead the Department of Defense, and he will continue to do so," Sanders said in a statement Thursday.

Shanahan said he was “honored” by Trump’s decision.

“If confirmed by the Senate, I will continue the aggressive implementation of our National Defense Strategy," he said. "I remain committed to modernizing the force so our remarkable Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines have everything they need to keep our military lethal and our country safe.”

Fox News’ Liz Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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XXJefferson#51
1  seeder  XXJefferson#51    2 weeks ago

“Shanahan, who has said he plans to visit the border on Saturday, said that the Pentagon is “fully engaged” in fixing the border crisis. He said that more than 4,000 troops and 19 aircraft are supporting Customs and Border Protection personnel.

The funds are being reprogrammed from the Afghan Security Forces Fund, a project focused on chemical weapons, Air Force programs, savings related to a military retirement system, and coalition support funds. The Pentagon is also expected, at some point, to transfer up to $3.6 billion from military construction budgets to pay for wall construction, but details of those plans have yet to be announced.

The move comes after White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that the president would officially nominate Shanahan to be the next U.S. secretary of defense. The decision to have Shanahan permanently lead the department “is based upon his outstanding service to the country and his demonstrated ability to lead.”

"Acting Secretary Shanahan has proven over the last several months that he is beyond qualified to lead the Department of Defense, and he will continue to do so," Sanders said in a statement Thursday.

Shanahan said he was “honored” by Trump’s decision.

“If confirmed by the Senate, I will continue the aggressive implementation of our National Defense Strategy," he said. "I remain committed to modernizing the force so our remarkable Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines have everything they need to keep our military lethal and our country safe.””

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
1.1  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  XXJefferson#51 @1    2 weeks ago

This is indeed good news for America that we have 4,000 troops and 19 planes ✈️ defending our border from the hordes of hostile enemy invaders and that we are getting extra funding to build more physical and virtual barriers along the border. 

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
2  seeder  XXJefferson#51    2 weeks ago

‘The Pentagon has approved a plan to spend an additional $1.5 billion to build 80 more miles of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News Friday.

Acting Defense Secretary PatrickShanahan approved the re-allocation of funds, which were originally earmarked for support of Afghan security forces and other projects, to help pay for the wall along the southern border.

TRUMP TO NOMINATE PATRICK M. SHANAHAN AS DEFENSE SECRETARY, WHITE HOUSE SAYS

"Today, I authorized the transfer of $1.5 billion toward the construction of more than 80 miles of border barrier," he said. "The funds were drawn from a variety of sources, including cost savings, programmatic changes, and revised requirements, and therefore will have minimal impact on force readiness."

In March, Shanahan approved the first transfer of Defense Department dollars and redirected $1 billion to help build nearly 60 miles of wall in Yuma, Ariz. and El Paso, Texas.

The combined total of $2.5 billion is in response to President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border.”

 
 
 
MrFrost
2.1  MrFrost  replied to  XXJefferson#51 @2    2 weeks ago

Obama was the first president since before Raygun that saw more illegals LEAVING the US than coming in. That's why the illegals called him the, "Deporter In Chief". So what changed that now we have increases in illegals coming into the country? Trump was elected, that's the only real change. 

I doubt seriously that there is a "crisis" at the border. I think trump is exaggerating the problem so his base can scream that illegals are, "streaming across the border" thereby giving trump justification to build something we never needed in the first damn place. His, "wall" will be yet another lie that trump will have to swallow. How is that "national emergency" coming along? Why didn't trump get funding for his wall when he had a republican congress for two years? But now that the dems took the house, he thinks it's time to act? Is he really that dumb? 

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He waited until after the mid-terms to seek funding because then when he doesn't get his way, he can scream at his rallies that it's all the dems fault that the wall wasn't built and of course his base will believe it. The wall was never going to be built, it was just another lie to create more division so he has a better chance at being re-elected. Simple as that. 

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Please note the dates of these two articles. 

https://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2017/apr/26/ron-kind/yes-experiencing-net-outflow-illegal-undocumented-/

https://www.pewhispanic.org/2012/04/23/net-migration-from-mexico-falls-to-zero-and-perhaps-less/

 
 
 
Greg Jones
2.1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  MrFrost @2.1    2 weeks ago

I doubt seriously that there is a "crisis" at the border

Really?  Then you haven't been keeping up with news for the past several weeks, or are in a deep state of denial.

All the experts say there is.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1.2  XDm9mm  replied to  MrFrost @2.1    2 weeks ago
I think trump is exaggerating the problem so his base can scream that illegals are, "streaming across the border"

Try to keep up Frosty.  It's not hard to do.

Here's a little snip-it from none other than Vox..

Why border crossings are at an 11-year high, explained in 500 words

In February 2019, 66,450 migrants crossed the US/Mexico border between official border crossings and were apprehended by US Border Patrol agents, committing the misdemeanor of illegal entry.

It’s a sharp increase from January and marks an 11-year high. But the number reflects an ongoing trend:record numbers of familiescoming to the US without papers.

Source:  https://www.vox.com/2019/3/6/18253444/border-statistics-illegal-immigration-trump

 

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
2.1.3  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Greg Jones @2.1.1    2 weeks ago

As I have said before, I live 6 blocks from the AZ/Mexico border fence and there most certainly is a crisis at our Southern border! I get illegals running the alleys behind my house every night 365 days a year. I cannot help but laugh at the poor uninformed souls that live nowhere near as close to the border as I do who get their facts spoonfed to them by the progressive liberal media who also have zero clue themselves.

 
 
 
Dulay
2.1.4  Dulay  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @2.1.3    2 weeks ago
As I have said before, I live 6 blocks from the AZ/Mexico border fence and there most certainly is a crisis at our Southern border!

So the border fence where you live isn't working but we should build MORE for 31+MILLION a mile? 

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
2.1.6  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  Dulay @2.1.4    2 weeks ago

Likely why it Needs to be a wall rather than a cheap wire fence.... Hopefully for him the part of Arizona where he lives will get the wall the pentagon shifted funds to help build.  

 
 
 
Dulay
2.1.7  Dulay  replied to  XXJefferson#51 @2.1.6    2 weeks ago

How do you know that there's only 'a cheap wire fence' where he lives Xx? 

 
 
 
Split Personality
2.1.8  Split Personality  replied to  Dulay @2.1.7    2 weeks ago

Ed and I have posted pictures of the slat fence walls there, many times before.

The "wall" also simply stops 2 miles east, allowing the illegal immigrants and drug mules to circumvent it and walk back to the town and major roads to head north.

What they need are more agents 24/7.  Agents they can't seem to attract or keep.

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
2.1.9  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  Split Personality @2.1.8    2 weeks ago

Ah, so this is an area in Arizona designated for expansion.  If the wall extended another 20-40 miles east depending how much of the initial 60 is going in Arizona vs. Texas then the problem will be pushed that much further east and hopefully to an inhospitable desert with all food and water stations cleared out of it.  

 
 
 
Dulay
2.1.10  Dulay  replied to  Split Personality @2.1.8    2 weeks ago
What they need are more agents 24/7.  Agents they can't seem to attract or keep.

Which they seem to avoid addressing at all costs. They can claim to authorize thousands more agents but can't seem to figure out how to vet them and motivate them to remain in service. 

Perhaps in the last 2 years, instead of building more wall, they built facilities and housing for agents, they wouldn't loose them faster than they can train them. They've spend millions trying to recruit agents and much of it was an utter waste. Why even start training a person who can't pass a mandatory lie detector test? 

None of has made sense for far too long and pretending that a wall is a panacea merely avoids the core issues. 

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1.11  XDm9mm  replied to  Dulay @2.1.10    2 weeks ago
Perhaps in the last 2 years, instead of building more wall, they built facilities and housing for agents, they wouldn't loose them faster than they can train them.

They can build all the houses they want or can, but it won't make a difference if the house is three hundred miles from the nearest grocery store or school now will it?  

THAT'S the problem with getting agents.   Even the "towns" they can locate them in aren't close enough to anything that can induce a family to want to move there.   When the best local attraction is watching scorpions fight or tarantulas eat a bug, it's not what the vast majority of people consider conducive to family living.

 
 
 
Dulay
2.1.12  Dulay  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1.11    2 weeks ago
They can build all the houses they want or can, but it won't make a difference if the house is three hundred miles from the nearest grocery store or school now will it?  

 We have a history of 'company' towns, why can't that happen through the CBP? Look at what the energy companies have done in ND in a very short time.

Hell, the government still owns hundreds of FEMA trailers they can set up right quick. Contract for a concession for the GAS/Grocery and you've got a town. 

Halliburton would JUMP at that contract.  

THAT'S the problem with getting agents.   Even the "towns" they can locate them in aren't close enough to anything that can induce a family to want to move there.   When the best local attraction is watching scorpions fight or tarantulas eat a bug, it's not what the vast majority of people consider conducive to family living.

I'm sure that you know about the 'locality pay adjustment' for federal employees. That incentive can be augmented for certain sections of the border. 

Secondly, the CBP could rotate agents and allow them to spend shorter stints in the hinterlands. 

Recruiting local talent would also help in ensuring that agents have a better connection to the area they patrol. Skin in the game so to speak. 

How about a recruiting program for college students from border states? 2 years in the CBP for a free college associates degree. 

That's just a couple of SOLUTIONS rather than EXCUSES. 

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1.13  XDm9mm  replied to  Dulay @2.1.12    2 weeks ago
We have a history of 'company' towns, why can't that happen through the CBP? Look at what the energy companies have done in ND in a very short time. Hell, the government still owns hundreds of FEMA trailers they can set up right quick. Contract for a concession for the GAS/Grocery and you've got a town.

Great.  Then convince your wife it's a great idea and move yourself.  

Secondly, the CBP could rotate agents and allow them to spend shorter stints in the hinterlands. 

Now, as to this idea, I've gone one step further and actually emailed the idea to DHS Director Kirsten (when she was still there) to build "FOB's" for agents much like we had in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Rotate the agents in and out on 30 day rotations.  Work 30 days, home 30 days.  It would permit the agents to have a life with their family and provide the requisite resources to patrol the border.

Do you want to know where to apply?

 
 
 
Split Personality
2.1.14  Split Personality  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1.11    2 weeks ago

Well at least on this we can agree.

I would add to that, that 60% of the applicants, fail a lie detector test AFTER being vetted and tested for physical fitness, knowledge of the laws, arms training and Spanish lessons.

I have lived on some pretty isolated military bases that had everything a family needed,

and that was way before the invention of the internet.

There needs to be a different approach.

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
2.1.15  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1.13    2 weeks ago

They just need to build the wall so that the agents we have and retain will be enough to defend the border and ports of entry.  Hiring more ICE agents would be easier to defend our interior from the effects of the invading menace such as drugs, human trafficking, gangs, and crime.  

 
 
 
Dulay
2.1.16  Dulay  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1.13    2 weeks ago
Great.  Then convince your wife it's a great idea and move yourself.  

Sad deflection. 

Oh and BTFW, the reason that we live where we do is that our elderly mothers are about the same distance in two directions XD. We just moved and put a futon together for my mom today. 

Do you want to know where to apply?

Another sad deflection. 

The CBP doesn't accept applicants over the age 40 XD. I'm 20+ years too old...

 
 
 
dennis smith
2.1.17  dennis smith  replied to  MrFrost @2.1    one week ago

When you can spell presidents name properly you may begin to be taken seriously.

 
 
 
dennis smith
2.1.18  dennis smith  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1.2    one week ago

Frost is referencing 2012 and 2017 info and is definitely not up to speed on current events, sanctuary cities beg for illegals to come here so they do it.

 
 
 
Dulay
3  Dulay    2 weeks ago

Well it looks like the 2020 DOD budget can be cut by at least 2.5 billion. Good to know. 

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
3.1  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  Dulay @3    2 weeks ago

Between the Senate and President that’s not going to happen. A government shutdown because the democrat House won’t adequately fund the military would not look good for democrats going into 2020

 
 
 
Dulay
3.1.1  Dulay  replied to  XXJefferson#51 @3.1    2 weeks ago

Why Xx? Didn't they just admit that the DOD had an extra 2.5 BILLION laying around? Didn't they just say that diverting those 2.5 BILLION won't effect military readiness?

It seems to me that makes it pretty fucking clear that those 2.5 BILLION can be better spent elsewhere and that is a damn good argument for the Dems going into 2020. 

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
3.1.2  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  Dulay @3.1.1    2 weeks ago

They can try it and see how it all works out for them. Next year may well not have spare change left over after operations in the global war on terror. Spending money on border security also reduces the need for as many troops and planes defending the border so it’s a good investment.  

 
 
 
Dulay
3.1.3  Dulay  replied to  XXJefferson#51 @3.1.2    2 weeks ago
They can try it and see how it all works out for them.

Well isn't that a fantastic argument for how and where to spend taxpayer funds. /s

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
3.1.4  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  Dulay @3.1.3    2 weeks ago

You all on the progressive side try to cut funding for the troops and we won’t talk to them or negotiate with them.  We will shine the spotlight on them and use public ridicule and shaming to humiliate and embarrass them into restoring troop and their equipment and training funding. No negotiation with t————-.  

 
 
 
Dulay
3.1.5  Dulay  replied to  XXJefferson#51 @3.1.4    2 weeks ago
You all on the progressive side try to cut funding for the troops and we won’t talk to them or negotiate with them.  

Please STOP pretending to speak for anyone but yourself Xx. 

We will shine the spotlight on them and use public ridicule and shaming to humiliate and embarrass them into restoring troop and their equipment and training funding. No negotiation with t————-.  

Hilarious. Trump's 2020 budget CUTS DOD funding Xx. 

https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2018/10/26/its-official-dod-told-to-take-cut-with-fy20-budget/

So turn your eye of Sauron on Trump instead. 

 
 
 
MrFrost
4  MrFrost    2 weeks ago
which were originally earmarked for support of Afghan security forces

And trump supports the military? Please. 80 miles of useless wall is not worth denying security for American troops in Afghanistan. And how much wall is trump proposing to build? 1.5 BILLION for 80 miles? WTF?! 

 
 
 
Dulay
4.1  Dulay  replied to  MrFrost @4    2 weeks ago
1.5 BILLION for 80 miles?

Actually it's 2.5 BILLION. That's 31,250,000 PER MILE. 

But we can't afford Meals on Wheels. 

WTF indeed. 

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
4.1.1  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  Dulay @4.1    2 weeks ago

“"Today, I authorized the transfer of $1.5 billion toward the construction of more than 80 miles of border barrier," he said. "The funds were drawn from a variety of sources, including cost savings, programmatic changes, and revised requirements, and therefore will have minimal impact on force readiness."

In March, Shanahan approved the first transfer of Defense Department dollars and redirected $1 billion to help build nearly 60 miles of wall in Yuma, Ariz. and El Paso, Texas.”

 
 
 
Dulay
4.1.2  Dulay  replied to  XXJefferson#51 @4.1.1    2 weeks ago

Oh, $17,857,143 PER MILE is a REAL DEAL then. /s

 
 
 
Greg Jones
4.1.3  Greg Jones  replied to  Dulay @4.1.2    2 weeks ago

Why do favor open borders?

 
 
 
Dulay
4.1.4  Dulay  replied to  Greg Jones @4.1.3    2 weeks ago
Why do favor open borders?

Why post a strawman? 

 
 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
4.1.6  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  Dulay @4.1.2    2 weeks ago

The funding also includes non wall stuff too such as cameras and drones and less invasive barriers in other areas beyond the actual hard wall so the cost per mile is quite inflated.  

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
4.1.7  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  Dulay @4.1.4    2 weeks ago

Opposition to border barriers and walls/tall fences is de facto support for open borders.  

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
4.1.8  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  Split Personality @4.1.5    2 weeks ago

It seems to me that a good chunk of the wall will be built before any court decisions come down and more can be built while under appeal.  Also the money congress did approve can be spent in Ca and NM while the larger amounts will be spent in Texas and Arizona which are not in the lawsuits.  

 
 
 
XDm9mm
4.1.9  XDm9mm  replied to  XXJefferson#51 @4.1.8    2 weeks ago
Also the money congress did approve can be spent in Ca and NM while the larger amounts will be spent in Texas and Arizona which are not in the lawsuits.

Maybe if there's any left we can start the Western Wall.  The one between the crazies of the Peoples Republic of California and the rest of the United States?

 
 
 
Dulay
4.1.10  Dulay  replied to  XXJefferson#51 @4.1.6    2 weeks ago
The funding also includes non wall stuff too such as cameras and drones and less invasive barriers in other areas beyond the actual hard wall so the cost per mile is quite inflated.  

That's not what YOUR seed says Xx. The fact is, the 2019 budget already includes all that stuff. It's construction and military personnel that Trump cited in his emergency declaration, NOT tech or drones. 

Stop obfuscating. 

 
 
 
Dulay
4.1.11  Dulay  replied to  XXJefferson#51 @4.1.7    2 weeks ago
Opposition to border barriers and walls/tall fences is de facto support for open borders.

Only to those who have a limited understanding of the facts and have to resort to strawmen. 

Oh and BTFW Xx, you JUST said that Trump was using 'emergency funds' for:

less invasive barriers in other areas beyond the actual hard wall

Does that 'de facto support' extend to Trump too? 

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
4.1.12  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  XDm9mm @4.1.9    2 weeks ago

Just so long as the part that is trying to become The State of Jefferson is on the USA side of that wall, I’m all for it.  

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
4.1.13  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  Dulay @4.1.10    2 weeks ago

The seed didn’t go into a lot of details about the first 1 billion done back in March when that was actually mentioned.  Also don’t even bother to presume to tell me what to do or say on my seeds.  

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
4.1.14  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  Dulay @4.1.11    2 weeks ago

Trump and I both support an all of the above plan for the border and I trust Trump to do the best he can considering all the trash he has to deal with that are the opposition party in DC.  

 
 
 
Dulay
4.1.15  Dulay  replied to  XXJefferson#51 @4.1.13    2 weeks ago
The seed didn’t go into a lot of details about the first 1 billion done back in March when that was actually mentioned.

Sure it was Xx. 

 Also don’t even bother to presume to tell me what to do or say on my seeds.  

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Dulay
4.1.16  Dulay  replied to  XXJefferson#51 @4.1.14    2 weeks ago
Trump and I both support an all of the above plan for the border and I trust Trump to do the best he can considering all the trash he has to deal with that are the opposition party in DC.

Then STOP demeaning those who don't exclusively support 'border barriers and walls/tall fences'. Doing so is hypocritical. 

 
 
 
XXJefferson#51
4.1.17  seeder  XXJefferson#51  replied to  Dulay @4.1.16    2 weeks ago

I don’t exclusively support only a wall along the whole border.  I do support it as a part of the overall solution though I will not agree to anything regarding any expansion of legal immigration or making legal many who are here illegally now both of which I ultimately support until the wall is completed to the satisfaction of those who support a wall.  I’m willing to keep those here illegally now in limbo forever more and never add to legal immigration, and engage in ICE deportations anywhere any time until the day the wall is completed.  I’m prepared to be quite moderate to even liberal regarding immigration once the Wall is built and we are in control of and aware of who is coming and going through our border.  Until that happens, I’ll side with the anti immigration hardliners like from FAIR.   

 
 
 
Dulay
4.1.18  Dulay  replied to  XXJefferson#51 @4.1.17    one week ago
I don’t exclusively support only a wall along the whole border.

Yet you insist that: 

Opposition to border barriers and walls/tall fences is de facto support for open borders.

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