Pentagon Shifts $3.8 Bn More To Mexico Border Wall
Sumaira FH 12 days ago Fri 14th February 2020 | 10:10 AM
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Feb, 2020 ) :The US Defense Department said Thursday it is shifting another $3.8 billion towards paying for a wall on the US-Mexico border as President Donald Trump extended his "national emergency" declaration over unlawful migration for another year.
That will bring to a hefty $9.9 billion the total amount the US military has been forced to divert to border wall construction over the past two years as Trump seeks to overcome Congress's repeated refusal to provide the funding.
The wall construction "will allow DHS to fulfill the president's border security policy promise," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Salesses.
"The Corps of Engineers, under the direction of the Secretary of the Army, is ready to contract and construct the border barrier." In a new White House order Thursday, that emergency was extended through February 2021, despite a sharp decline in migrants crossing the border from Mexico illegally.