Lucy Nicholson | Reuters
New bollard-style U.S.-Mexico border fencing is seen subsequent to automobile boundaries in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, March 5, 2019.
The U.S. Division of Protection shifted $1 billion to plan and construct a 57-mile part of “pedestrian fencing”, roads and lighting alongside the border between the USA and Mexico, the Pentagon chief mentioned on Monday.
Final week, the Pentagon gave Congress a listing that included $12.eight billion of development tasks for which it mentioned funds might be redirected for development alongside the U.S.-Mexico border.
U.S. President Donald Trump declared a nationwide emergency final month in a bid to fund his promised border wall with out congressional approval.
Performing Secretary of Protection Patrick Shanahan mentioned in a memo to Secretary of Homeland Safety Kirstjen Nielsen that the Division of Protection had the authority to help counter-narcotics actions close to worldwide boundaries.
Shanahan licensed the united statesArmy Corps of Engineers to start planning and executing the mission that might contain constructing 57 miles of 18-foot-high fencing, developing and enhancing roads, and putting in lighting throughout the Yuma and El Paso sections of the U.S.-Mexico border.