Trump Administration may cut Coast Guard to pay for border wall

  • Trump Administration may cut Coast Guard to pay for border wall

Trump Administration may cut Coast Guard to pay for border wall

Two weeks ago, I wrote in this space about moving the Coast Guard from its current home in the Department of Homeland Security to the Defense Department.

LoBiondo's went on to say, "According to the service, from 2002 to 2011 Coast Guard interdictions and subsequent intel resulted in the extradition of almost 75 percent of all Columbian drug kingpins, including a Honduran drug lord who led law enforcement to the second capture of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday threw cold water on President Donald Trump's insistence that Mexico will pay for his proposed border wall.

During his campaign Trump promised Mexico would pay for the border wall.

The proposal from the Office of Management and Budget, which is circulating on Capitol Hill and within the administration, outlines a $1.3 billion overall cut to the Coast Guard's budget, equivalent to 14 percent of the agency's funding past year.

Retired Adm. James Loy, a former Coast Guard official who served as deputy homeland security secretary and TSA administrator under President George W. Bush, told Politico that the Trump administration's plan "is ignorant of what constitutes national security..."

Last year, Reuters reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents don't think a wall is necessary. The plan also includes increasing the TSA security fee in fiscal 2018 to generate $470 million in revenue. The Coast Guard interdicted 6,346 undocumented migrants, 201 metric tons of cocaine, and 52,613 pounds of marijuana in 2016, a Coast Guard official told CNN.

The border wall could cost $15 billion, according to estimates.

Democrats slammed President Trump on Wednesday for reportedly considering major funding cuts to national security for US airports, train stations and ports, saying it would make the country more susceptible to terrorist attacks.

It's worth emphasizing that these cuts have been proposed, not made. These savings would boost the DHS budget for border security.

"We are concerned that the Coast Guard would not be able to maintain maritime presence, respond to individual and national emergencies, and protect our nation's economic and environmental interests. But you're damaging the national system that makes us the strongest country when it comes to being prepared for disasters".

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