CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The border wall is not the only form of border security the president and GOP lawmakers have called funding for. Although the fulfillment of President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build a border wall from California to Texas along the southern border is necessary to win another 4-year term, the wall isn’t the only entity at the border needing additional funding.
According to the latest CPB report between February 28 and March 2, the agents from Air and Marine Operations (AMO) captured three suspects, seized two vessels, and intercepted illicit narcotics valued at nearly $77 million dollars.
Without the continuous efforts from all border patrol agents on land and in the sea, the U.S. would continuously see illicit drugs pouring into our country.
The latest funding for Customs and Border Patrol as well as the Coast Guard whom was called in last December to assist CPB was appropriated by the 116th Congress and signed into law just over a month ago.
On February 13, Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), who serves as chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, filed the conference committee bill to keep the government open. This bill denied Trump the near $6 billion he was asking for a border wall, but did fund nearly $115 million for additional air and marine assets, $59 million for 600 new Customs officers and invested in a new Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter, the first in over 40 years.
This legislation is set to expire September 30.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs.