Update: Israel caught building SECOND WALL to keep out Palestinians, paid for by the USA!
California and New Mexico got upgrades. But finally the 1.6 billion is moving into gear around the city of El Paso and building the first new sections of wall in Texas.
What ever happened to the prototypes? The only thing that I don’t like about these walls is people using a Skill Saw and a battery can apparently SAW RIGHT THROUGH the thin bars. Sigh. But at least it LOOKS scary.
The news gets worse. The Pentagon is going to spend 1 BILLION DOLLARS on 57 miles of wall. But wait theres a catch, it’s NOT 30 foot high wall. It’s the easy to defeat crap wall! WTF!!!!! TRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMP
The approved money will help build 57 miles of border fencing, improved roads, and other measures. Construction is expected to begin immediately.
Pentagon budget reprogramming notification sent to Capitol Hill on Monday and obtained by CNN indicates that up to $1 billion will go toward building 57 miles of fencing, improving roads and other measures on the southern border.
The Department of Defense authorized the Army Corp of Engineers to begin planning and construction for the project Monday night. The department will direct the funds toward 18-foot-high fencing along the Yuma and El Paso sections of the border, according to a letter acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan sent to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.
The money is part of about $2.5 billion from the Defense Department’s drug-interdiction program authorized by Trump’s emergency order. All told, the order reappropriated (Trump’s opponents would say ‘raided’) some $7 billion from various sources, which will instead be used for the wall.
Monday’s announcement was just the first $1 billion the administration is making available for wall funding. The administration said previously it plans to shift an additional $1.5 billion at some point in the future.
These initial counterdrug funds will ultimately flow from the Department of Homeland Security to the Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction.