From the very moment that Donald Trump stepped onto the political stage, the man has been singularly obsessed with reforming the American immigration system. From state to state, city to city, candidate Trump touted the need for a wall on the border between the United States and our southern neighbor, Mexico. The wall would prevent ne’er-do-wells on the other side of that divider from easily accessing America; particularly the black market that exists here for drug dealers and human traffickers. These bad hombres would be forced to enter the US at legal ports of entry, making their illicit activities that much harder to travel with.
But it’s not as easy as simply pressing the “wall” button, and Donald Trump has learned this the hard way. Democrats have opposed his wall from the get-go, forcing the President to execute some slick and complex maneuvers in order to get the all-important wall built.
President Donald Trump will transfer another $7.2 billion from Pentagon accounts in 2020 to build the promised border wall, according to the Washington Post.
The paper reported January 13 that the president would use his national emergency powers to:
“divert an additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funding for border wall construction this year, five times what Congress authorized him to spend on the project in the 2020 budget, according to internal planning figures obtained by The Washington Post.
“The Pentagon funds would be extracted, for the second year in a row, from military construction projects and counternarcotic funding. According to the plans, the funding would give the government enough money to complete [a total of] approximately 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.”
And while this may sound like a major step in the right direction, there is no doubt that the move will be challenged by the Democrats, either in court, or through the legislature.