Courtney: Trump Shouldn't Pay For Border Wall By Cutting Coast Guard

Posted March 09, 2017

President Trump is considering slashing funding to airport security across the nation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Coast Guard in order to pay for the proposed US-Mexico border wall, according to a report.

Donald Trump may have won the election by promising to make Americans safer, but the various ways that his administration are considering to fund the border wall between the United States and Mexico will likely make the USA less safe, rather than more.

Both bear a hefty price tag. The cuts would reportedly eliminate four programs that cost the agency $187 million and have been considered, according to The Washington Post, "a vital piece of airport security and for preventing a repetition of the September 11, 2001, hijackings after planes are aloft". The DHS would then have a $43.8 billion budget, including an extra $3 million for Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Politico reports. Experts warn, however, that these cuts could undermine these agencies' work in combatting terrorism, smuggling and - wait for it - illegal immigration. Loy, who also worked as a TSA administrator after 9/11, added of the TSA cuts: "This is the unbelievable reality despite the fact that the bad guys have a love affair with commercial aviation as a target".

"Now they would have to figure out how to do their job with significantly less resources", he said.

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The TSA, best known to airline travelers as the employer of uniformed officers inspecting bags and delivering the occasional intrusive pat-down at airports, is considered a key element on the front lines of the national security state, charged with protecting travelers from physical attacks. During the campaign, however, he insisted that Mexico would be the one to pay for the wall.

Speaking to host Kate Bolduan, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) highlighted that the entire operating budget of the Coast Guard is $9 billion, which he described as "shoestring". The funding decisions will ultimately be made by Congress.

When it comes to the debate over Trump's Muslim ban and proposed border wall, much of the discussion focuses on the ideas on the merits, which certainly makes sense.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from the Daily News.