Pentagon green lights $1b for Trump's border wall
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Defense shifted $1 billion to begin new wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to Reuters.
According to the BBC, the funds are the first under the national emergency declared by President Trump to bypass Congress in order to fund his promised border wall.
According to Reuters, the Pentagon chief said on Monday the money would go toward planning and building a 57-mile section of "pedestrian fencing," improved roads and lighting along the border.
According to CNN, the Department of Defense authorized the Army Corp of Engineers to begin planning and construction for the project on Monday night.
According to Reuters, acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said in a memo to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirsthen Nielsen that the Department of Defense had the authority to support counter-narcotics near international boundaries.
Shanahan authorized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and executing the project that involves building 57-miles of 18-foot-high fencing, constructing and improving roads, and installing lighting within the Yuma and El Paso sections of border.