Trump plan “pays for” immigration police state boost with cuts to Coast Guard, TSA

Source: Politico

“The Trump administration wants to gut the Coast Guard and make deep cuts in airport and rail security to help pay for its crackdown on illegal immigration [sic], according to internal budget documents reviewed by POLITICO — a move that lawmakers and security experts say defies logic if the White House is serious about defending against terrorism and keeping out undocumented foreigners. The Office of Management and Budget is seeking a 14 percent cut to the Coast Guard’s $9.1 billion budget, the draft documents show, even as it proposes major increases to other Department of Homeland Security agencies to hire more border agents and immigration officers and construct a physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. … the administration would slice the budget of the Coast Guard and cut 11 percent in spending from the TSA — reductions that critics say would weaken safeguards against threats arriving by sea or air.” [editor’s note: Very wise cuts on their own; too bad he wants to use them to “pay for” other stuff that’s at least as evil – TLK] (03/07/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-coast-guard-budget-235750