Pentagon authorises spending of $1Bln on wall along US-Mexico border

DN Bureau

The Pentagon notified Congress that it has authorised the transfer of $1 billion to begin new wall construction along the US-Mexico border, drawing immediate objections from Democratic lawmakers, a statement on Tuesday said.

Patrick Shanahan
Patrick Shanahan

Washington: The Pentagon notified Congress that it has authorised the transfer of $1 billion to begin new wall construction along the US-Mexico border, drawing immediate objections from Democratic lawmakers, a statement on Tuesday said. 

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Acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan on Monday authorised spending of $1 billion, according to the statement of the Department of Defence.

The Department of Defence said that the funds would be spent on building 57 miles of 18-foot-high pedestrian fencing, roads, and lighting within the Yuma and El Paso Sectors of the border.

US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency last month to free up to $8 billion in federal funding to build a wall on the US southern border. The president has said the wall is needed to prevent criminals and drugs from pouring into the United States. 

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Earlier in March, the Defence Department said it identified $12.8 billion in possible funding that could be used to fulfill Trump's call to construct border wall.(UNI)

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