Tag: Budget

June 13

June 13, 2021

The Biden administration announced a plan to return more than $2 billion in funding which had been diverted from Pentagon projects to be used for border wall construction. Construction on the border wall has been suspended since the beginning of Biden’s presidency, though the border wall project has yet to be cancelled completely. The $1.9 million which had been previously appropriated by Congress for the project will be used for drainage and erosion control or any other environmental damage caused by wall construction.

Tags: Budget, Environment, Fencing

May 26

May 26, 2021

According to Alejandro Mayorkas, security secretary of DHS, the Biden admin seeks to leave the agency’s budget unchanged at $52.2 billion for the 2022 fiscal year, despite probable migration surges along the border. All other federal agencies are receiving substantial increases in funding.

Tags: Budget, DHS

Evaluation of the United States Military Support of Department of Homeland Security Southern Border Security Operations Under Title 10 Authority

August 18, 2020

Published by the Department of Defense Inspector-General on August 18, 2020.

A detailed look at the funding, management, and legal authority for the Trump administration’s deployments of military personnel to the U.S.-Mexico border. (Link at dodig.mil)

Tags: Budget, Civil-Military Relations, Military Deployments, Oversight

7 Humane, Effective Border and Migration Measures in the House’s 2021 Homeland Security Appropriation

July 27, 2020

Published by the Washington Office on Latin America on July 27, 2020.

An overview of key measures in the House of Representatives’ version of the 2021 DHS appropriation, including cutting border wall spending, defunding “Remain in Mexico,” reducing ICE detention, and others.

Tags: Border Patrol, Budget, CBP, Detention, Fencing, ICE, Legislation, Oversight, Processing, Remain in Mexico

June 17, 2020

June 17, 2020
  • Mother Jones releases a report examining the cost overruns of the border wall system construction project from March 2018 to present day, with a specific focus on contracting deals and controversies involving Fisher Sand and Gravel.

Tags: Budget, Fencing

Decision: U.S. Customs and Border Protection—Obligations of Amounts Appropriated in the 2019 Emergency Supplemental

June 11, 2020

Published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on June 11, 2020.

GAO finds that CBP failed to spend emergency funds for detained migrants’ consumables, medical care, and humane processing as Congress intended, instead devoting the money to items like boats, dirt bikes, and office upgrades. (Link at gao.gov)

Tags: Budget, Congress, Detention, Institutional Culture

June 11, 2020

June 11, 2020
  • The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) states that CBP violated the purpose statute by listing goods and services in their supplemental FY 2019 appropriations that were not made available, including “consumables and medical care” and “establishing and operating migrant care and processing facilities.” The funding was instead used to pay for dirt bikes, canine supplies, computer equipment, and other enforcement-related expenditures. GOA directs CBP to either obligate the account to its appropriate purpose or report a violation of the Antideficiency Act as required by law.

Tags: Budget, Corruption, Organizational Culture

April 28, 2020

April 28, 2020
  • The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments over House Democrats’ lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s use of defense funding to build the wall along the southern border. The case is one of several lawsuits filed against the Trump administration over its emergency border wall funding.

Tags: Budget, Fencing

April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020
  • Defense Secretary Mark Esper, in a memo to acting Pentagon Comptroller Elain McCusker, directs McCusker to “release funding associated with 22 currently deferred projects within the United States” totaling over $500 million to “enable the execution” of border wall construction. To fill the hole left by restoring the funds, Esper substitutes overseas projects appropriated by Congress, including $274 million worth of military construction projects in Europe intended to deter Russia.

Tags: Budget, Civil-Military Relations, Fencing

March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020
  • During a 9th Circuit Court hearing, attorneys for the Sierra Club, multiple states, and the U.S. House of Representatives argue that the Trump administration has overstepped its constitutional authority by using $3.8 billion in Pentagon funds for the border wall. The plaintiffs argue that the executive branch cannot defy congressional control of the power of the purse “by concocting some fake national emergency to justify the military construction of what amounts to a civilian project.” The three-judge panel took the matter for review. 

Tags: Budget, Fencing