If Congress refuses to fund $1.1 billion that the administration is requesting for “border operations,” the Department of Homeland Security has asked agencies to come up with how they would re-allocate funds to pay for it, each essentially paying a ‘tax’ out of their budget.
Organizations such as FEMA would have to move funds away from disaster relief. The TSA’s plan is as follows:
- $50 million that would have been used “to buy advanced airport screening equipment”
- $64 million “from a worker’s compensation fund set aside for injured TSA employees in 2010”
- $3 million from “change left in trays at airports”
- Diverting funding for airport screening staff is also a possibility
In other words, if you go through an airport security checkpoint and accidentally leave change in one of the trays, your money may go to “personnel expenses, additional detention beds, and operations combating human smuggling and trafficking” at the U.S. border with Mexico. This is all detailed in documents obtained by news sources.
This is in addition to redeploying TSA employees to work at the southern border.
(HT: Jordan Allen)