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Foreign Aid vs. American Security

President Trump recently closed down unessential government in an attempt to convince Congress of a need for a border wall between the Southern Border of the United States and Mexico.  He was asking for $5 billion dollars to secure the border.  

Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House and  Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer were apoplectic over the idea of spending such a sum on border security, however in the past elections, they had openly advocated for better border security.  Pelosi went to exclaim that a border wall was "immoral."    

The Washington Post Title, Schumer says funding for border wall will never pass, 'not today, not next week, not next year.'  Democrats have dug in and absolutely flat out refuse funding for the wall.  

Five Billion appears to be a lot of money, to secure the southern border, however considering the United States spent $50 Billion in foreign aid in 2017, the border wall is small potato's.  

Top Country receiving US foreign aide Afghanistan.  Afghanistan received, $5,730,476,426.  Of that amount, $650,000,000 was not for security issues.  Educational loans and scholarships were $74M.  

Iraq received $3,711,997,052.  $2.7 Billion "appropriated funds enable DOD to provide assistance, including training, equipment, logistics support, supplies, and services, stipends, facility and infrastructure repair and renovation, and sustainment."

Egypt received $1,475,605,724 in foreign aid.  $35M allocated for post secondary education and scholarships, and $15M for basic education.  In addition, $3.9 were allocated toward family planning. 

These foreign aid figures would more than pay for border security.  However, if we look at the government waste that ads a whole new level of border security funding.  Citizens Against Government Waste’s (CAGW) 2018 Congressional Pig Book exposes 232 earmarks in FY 2018, an increase of 42.3 percent from the 163 in FY 2017.

Some state and Foreign operations earmarked for spending include but are not limited to:  

 -$66,500,000 for the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a private, nonprofit foundation that aims to help grow and strengthen democratic institutions around the world. 

-$17,000,000 for the Asia Foundation, which is “committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia.” 

-$12,485,000 for international fisheries commissions.

There is plenty of money that the government can allocate for border security.  The question is, why are they unwilling to fund $5M to put up a fence, wall or other physical barrier to protect American citizens and commerce.  

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