$3.6 Billion Diverted From Crucial Military Funds To Build Trump's Border Wall

$3.6 Billion Diverted From Crucial Military Funds To Build Trump's Border Wall

The border wall is extracting billions of dollars from the military, leaving military families the most affected by Trump's misplaced need for a wall.

After prompting the longest government shutdown in the history of the United States, it appears that President Donald Trump will ultimately receive funding for his infamous and controversial border wall. However, this comes at a cost to the American people - the funds will be diverted from crucial school construction projects. A whopping $3.6 billion will be transferred from military funds originally allocated to build, maintain and renovate shooting ranges, roads, missile launch pads, hangars and even schools for children at military bases and facilities in the country and abroad in order to build parts of Trump's long-promised wall on the US-Mexico border, CBS News reports.


The fund transfer was authorized by the Pentagon earlier this year. On Wednesday, they revealed more information about the projects that will receive fund cuts due to the wall. The multi-billion-dollar transfer, highly criticized by the Democratic party, will affect more than 120 construction projects. Some of the projects that will be impacted include a missile facility in Alaska, an engineering center at the US Army Academy at West Point, a hangar at a US Air Force Base in Japan, and a veterinary facility for working dogs at the US Navy Base in Guant√°namo Bay, Cuba. For a President who claimed to support the American military, his actions sure speak otherwise.



Most notable is the funds that will be transferred away from the construction of schools at military bases and facilities. According to CBS News, a $62,634,000 grant for a middle school at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as well as a $56,048,000 grant for an elementary school for children of US troops stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, will be utilized instead to build "border barriers." This will directly impact young children in these areas.



In addition to this,  military construction projects to renovate or replace facilities in Puerto Rico that were damaged by the Hurricane Maria will also be halted or underfunded. The largest project to be affected, however, is the construction of warehouses at the US Air Force base in Ramstein, Germany. A  $119,000,000 grant originally dedicated for this project will be shifted to building the border wall. The largest grant to be transferred over for a project within the country is an $88,960,000 fund which would have been used to extend the pier at the US Navy base in Bangor, Washington.


These transfers have received immense backlash from Democrats. Senators Brian Schatz of Hawaii Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Dick Durbin of Illinois affirmed in a joint statement, "The American people cannot be asked to foot the bill a second time for projects that this administration has decided are less important than a vanity wall that will do nothing to end the humanitarian crisis on the southern border or protect our national security. The President promised that Mexico would pay for his wall, not the military and their families."


In the face of the impending transfer, the American Civil Liberties Union has claimed it would initiate a legal challenge to stop the transfer entirely. This is the second time the Trump administration has diverted military funds to the construction of the wall along the US-Mexico border. The federal government has already dipped into a previous $2.5 billion transfer made by the Pentagon earlier this year from military finances; the Supreme Court allowed the use of these funds despite the existing legal challenge. The administration has, of course, relied on the national emergency declaration made by President Trump in February to validate both the transfer to and use of these funds on the border wall. Sadly, it is military families across the world and in the United States that will be most affected by this hasty and misplaced policy decision.



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