The big question everyone is asking after President Trump declared a national emergency, is where will the money for the border wall actually come from? The border wall is estimated to cost around $8 billion and there is no end to the speculation concerning where these funds might be found.
- The answer to this popular question is, the money will be pulled from three different funds and will be added to the $1.4 billion that was already passed through the spending bill. These three funding sources are the Defense Department drug prevention fund ($2.5 billion), the Treasury Department drug-related forfeitures ($600 million), and the largest amount will be from MILCON, also known as the military construction fund, totaling $3.6 billion.
- President Trump is allowed to use the MILCON funds due to a statute that states if the President declares a national emergency these funds automatically become available for use. There have only been two previous presidents in the history of the United States who have used these funds after declaring a national emergency.
- George H. W. Bush used the funds for the Persian Gulf War in 1990 and his son, George W. Bush, used the funds in 2001 following the September 11th attacks on the US.
- Before any wall spending can happen, the president will have to defend his declaration in court, probably as far as the Supreme Court. President Trump is not concerned about the legal action and has said, “Some of the generals think this is more important. They think this is more important than what they were going to use it for,” referring to the construction of the border wall.
- The bottom line is that Trump is allowed to use these funds as he sees fit. Our president is determined to protect our country and is confident the border wall will help do just that. The funds have been found and now they just have to be defended and put to use.