President Donald Trump’s disastrous plan for the federal budget could create serious national security risks, especially for Americans who frequently use air travel or who live on the East Coast or West Coast.
New reports show the Trump administration is paying for the Mexico border wall and its aggressive anti-immigrant campaign in part by shifting money away from important national security programs like the Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration.
The proposed budget cuts for key agencies would be significant under the Trump plan. The Hill reports:
The Trump administration is reportedly considering cutting funding to the Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other agencies to find money for the president’s proposed border wall and immigration enforcement plans.
The Washington Post reported that a draft plan, created by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), would also cut the budget of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The budget for the Coast Guard would be cut by about 14 percent, from $9.1 billion in 2017 to $7.8 billion under the drafted proposal. The TSA and FEMA budgets would be cut by about 11 percent to $4.5 billion and $3.6 billion, respectively, according to the Post.
According to the plan, the budget for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would increase by 6.4 percent, to $43.8 billion.
The Post reported that $2.9 billion of that would go toward building the president’s proposed border wall. Another $1.9 billion would go toward “immigration detention beds” and other expenses for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and $285 million would go toward hiring more Border Patrol agents and ICE agents.
The Trump team isn’t being shy about its plan to “aggressively” target immigrants and ruthlessly crackdown on the U.S.-Mexico border. More from The Hill:
“The Budget prioritizes DHS law enforcement operations, proposes critical investments in front line border security and funds continued development of robust cybersecurity defenses,” the draft said, according to the Post.
“The Budget aggressively implements the President’s commitment to construct a physical wall along the southern border.”
Under the plan, funding for ICE would increase by about 36 percent, and for Customs and Border Protection, it would rise by about 27 percent.
Trump and his administration have some terribly misplaced priorities.
National security forces in our country serve a vitally important role – but it’s crucial that they be implemented correctly and that we focus our resources in the correct places.
By spending billions of dollars on his misguided immigration enforcement priorities, Trump is putting millions of Americans in serious risk. His ideas are totally counterproductive.