The Pentagon identified approximately $12.8 billion that can used to finance President Trump’s proposed border wall this week; setting the stage for a legal showdown with Congress over his “national emergency” declaration.
Sen. Jack Reed posted the Department of Defense’s findings on social media Monday night; stating “For comprehensiveness, attached is a complete pool of all projects that were unawarded as of December 31, 2018. Once the above criteria is applied, the pool has a total value that is in excess of the amount needed to source potential section 2808 projects. The appearance of any project within the pool does not mean that the project will, in fact, be used to source section 2808 projects.”
“The Pentagon’s list said it has found possible funding sources that are ‘in excess of the amount needed,’” reports the Washington Examiner. “But it’s not clear which projects the Defense Department will draw from. Some states that have been allocated big chunks of money that haven’t been spent could see a hit.”
Read the full report at the Washington Examiner.
DEEP STATE DEPT: Kerry Says Trump Should Declare National Emergency… for CLIMATE CHANGE!
Former Secretary of State John Kerry urged President Trump to declare a national emergency Friday; saying the Commander-in-Chief should ignore the border and focus his energy on combating “climate change.”
“Instead of declaring a national emergency to address a fictional emergency – @realDonaldTrump needs to stop denying a real one: climate change,” posted Kerry on social media.
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) January 11, 2019
The former Obama aide found himself in hot water just months ago; coming under fire for holding private meetings with Iranian officials after leaving office.
Read the full report at the Hill.
BORDER CRISIS: Federal Agents Arrest FOUR HUNDRED Migrants in FIVE MINUTES near El Paso
Federal Border Patrol Agents continued to crackdown on illegal immigration and human trafficking along the US-Mexico border this week; detaining a stunning 400 migrants in just five minutes near El Paso, Texas.
“U.S. Border Patrol agents working in El Paso apprehended two large groups of illegal immigrants consisting of over 400 people within five minutes. These groups, like many others before, are comprised primarily of Central American families and unaccompanied juveniles,” said an official statement from US Customs and Border Protection.
“In the early morning hours of March 19, agents encountered the first group of 194 illegal crossers at approximately 2:45 a.m. The group was encountered by agents at the border wall just west of Bowie High School. Just five minutes later at 2:50 a.m., agents working farther west encountered a second group of 252 people who crossed illegally near Downtown El Paso,” adds the statement.
The detentions come weeks after President Trump declared a “national emergency” along the US-Mexico border; effectively bypassing Congress to secure funding for his long-promised “border wall.”
Read the full statement here.