Rss@dailykos.com (laura Clawson) · Wednesday, March 08, 2017, 2:11 pm
Donald Trump plans to defend the southern border from Mexicans at the expense of airport and coastal security, as well as disaster response. In order to build his wall and hire thousands of border agents and immigration officers, his Office of Management and Budget is pushing deep cuts for the Coast Guard, the TSA, and FEMA.
It’s not like the Coast Guard does anything, am I right?
For example, in fiscal 2016, the Coast Guard intercepted 6,346 undocumented migrants, patrolled 3.4 million square nautical miles and removed 201 metric tons of cocaine and 52,613 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $5.9 billion, spokeswoman Lt. Amy Midgett said. It also responded to 35 oil and 17 hazardous substance incidents, analyzed and investigated more than 13,000 and 1,800 cyber events, respectively, and conducted 139 airborne intercept missions over the Washington area at the request of the Department of Defense.
As for FEMA, maybe we just don’t worry about natural disasters anymore—easier if you don’t believe in climate change, but even without climate change hurricanes and tornadoes and floods and earthquakes still do happen.
But as long as little Donald gets his precious wall, no need for any other kind of protection.