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Coast Guard, TSA Cuts Would Fund Only Fraction Of Trump's Border Wall

Coast Guard, TSA Cuts Would Fund Only Fraction Of Trump's Border Wall

The potential reduction would shrink the Coast Guard's budget from $9.1 billion to $7.8 billion, Politico reported Tuesday.

TSA would lose more than $500 million in funding, while the Federal Emergency Management Agency would face an approximately $370 million cut, reducing grant funding for emergency preparedness and countering violent extremism (a program to help states and communities prepare for and prevent extremist threats).

Highlighting that the Coast Guard is a military branch that also helps stopping illegal immigration and drug trafficking, he wondered aloud why Trump would think about cutting its budget considering his vow to increase the military.

The border wall was a major focus of President Donald Trump's campaign, but he also ran on protecting the USA against terrorism.

According to the proposal, $2.9 billion in DHS funds would go towards improving border security, with some of that money being used to build the wall on the U.S. -Mexico border.

During his campaign, he repeatedly said that Mexico would pay for the wall, but at this point, that doesn't look like a real possibility.

The irony was not lost on Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who supported Trump's candidacy and chairs the House subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.


Retired Adm. James Loy, a former Coast Guard commandant who worked for both the Homeland Security department and the TSA under President George W. Bush, told Politico that the Trump budget is simply unrealistic: "It is ignorant of what constitutes national security", Loy said. It would even reduce the budget of the Federal Emergency Management Agency 11 percent. The plan also includes increasing the TSA security fee in fiscal 2018 to generate $470 million in revenue.

Moss says it's too soon right now to know what impact the proposed cuts could have. Another 15,000 immigration enforcement agents would likely bump up annual federal spending by almost $5 billion, based on figures reported in January by Politico. Defense and security at the border are important.

He closed his inauguration speech by vowing, "together, we will make America strong again".

Even retired administrator James Loy, who served as deputy homeland security secretary at TSA and administrator during former US president George W. Bush's administration, said cutting the budget of the two agencies would be a "terrible black eye" for both agencies.

"The budget blueprint will be released in mid-March".

Spokespersons for the White House and OMB said it's "premature" to comment on the proposals.


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