Trump Could Take Puerto Rico Recovery Dollars to Fund “The Wall”

January 10, 2019


The most important priority for Trump’s base is to make sure brown people, somewhere, are suffering.


President Donald Trump has been briefed on a plan that would use the Army Corps of Engineers and a portion of $13.9 billion of Army Corps funding to build 315 miles of barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the briefing.

The money was set aside to fund projects all over the country including storm-damaged areas of Puerto Rico through fiscal year 2020, but the checks have not been written yet and, under an emergency declaration, the president could take the money from these civil works projects and use it to build the border wall, said officials familiar with the briefing and two congressional sources.


The plan could be implemented if Trump declares a national emergency in order to build the wall and would use more money and build more miles than the administration has requested from Congress. The president had requested $5.7 billion for a wall stretching 234 miles.

Under the proposal, the officials said, Trump could dip into the $2.4 billion allocated to projects in California, including flood prevention and protection projects along the Yuba River Basin and the Folsom Dam, as well as the $2.5 billion set aside for reconstruction projects in Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria.

10 Responses to “Trump Could Take Puerto Rico Recovery Dollars to Fund “The Wall””

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    The libertarian Cato Institute made an anti-border-wall documentary in 2011. One difference in 2019 is that drug-carrying drones are much cheaper and/or more reliable than they were in 2011. Consider the problem they had at Gatwick and multiply it by 2000 kilometers of border area.

    If nothing else, you can enjoy the William Tell Overture. 😉

    • redskylite Says:

      Thanks I did enjoy William Tell and the message is that a more advanced technology than a medieval wall is needed to be employed to stop boundary hoppers in the 21st. How to tell this to a grumpy, tax evading man of the 20th century. Bring in the youth and quickly please.

  2. redskylite Says:

    It seems the National Emergency declaration has been used in the past to deal with issues, and the fact that the powers have never been revisited the power granted is a factor in the present conundrum. Nobody foresaw this 21st century anomaly. Hopefully presidential powers can be revisited and reworked in the future, to prevent loss of earnings by so many critical workers and the threat a president can hold over competitive political parties. I’ll just be glad when the remaining two years are up and we can resume normal business to limit damage that the industrial revolution and greed of excessive/corrupt capitalism has caused.

    “What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? The unstoppable force declares a national emergency to go around it.

    That option appears to be President Donald Trump’s endgame to resolve the current standoff over the border wall. His demand that lawmakers provide $5.7 billion for a concrete barrier along the nation’s southern border led to a partial government shutdown that is now in its twentieth day. More than 800,000 federal workers, many of whom live paycheck to paycheck, are now furloughed or working unpaid, causing food safety inspections, airport security, and much more to slow to a crawl.

    • Sir Charles Says:

      Tramp is acting like a baby taken away his dummy. He’s holding the whole country hostage for a pipe dream to please his hardcore supporters.

    • ecoquant Says:


      And worse, according to reporting in the WaPo and The Atlantic (if I recall properly), the $5.7E9 is just a start. The actual cost of what he wants to do is $25E9 to $30E9, 10 years, and 1E4 people. That $5.7E9 is just the hook: “You’ve already spent $6E9 why wouldn’t you spend the additional $20E9 to finish it?”

      • Sir Charles Says:

        I like your E-notation, and I think you’re spot on with your assumption. That’ll never be enough. $5.7E9 in 10 years by 1E4 manpower means some $160 a day per (wo)man. Does he want to build that wall with local sand? $6E9 is some $2E3 per capita. 2000 bucks per head so far.

  3. Sir Charles Says:

    Ronald Reagan 1987: “Tear down this wall!”

    Donald Trump 2016: “Build that wall!”

    In-between, Bill Maher 2009: “Democrats Have Moved To The Right And The Right Has Moved Into A Mental Hospital”

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