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Trump Admin Diverts Another $3.8 Billion In Pentagon Funding To Border Wall

by Paul Goldberg

NPR reports the Trump administration has notified Congress that it plans to divert $3.8 billion from the Defense Department’s budget to build the border wall.

This is in addition to more than $11 billion that’s already been identified to construct more than 500 miles of new barriers along the southern U.S. border with Mexico. That includes money that Congress has appropriated and funding that was previously diverted from military construction and counternarcotic operations.

The latest funding diversion takes $1.5 billion originally allocated for buying equipment for National Guard and Reserve units, such as trucks, generators and spare parts, as well as fighter jets and ships.

This administration said the diversion of funds was in support of “higher priority items” that were “necessary in the national interest,” according to the notice transmitted to Congress. It continues:

“[The Department of Homeland Security] has identified areas along the southern border of the United States that are being used by individuals, groups, and transnational criminal organizations as drug smuggling corridors, and determined that the construction of additional physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the United States border is necessary in order to impede and deny drug smuggling activities.”

Wednesday the CBP tweeted a video showing progress.

We have built 119 miles of the border wall system in strategic locations across the Southwest border with 450 miles expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

The border wall system supports USBP agents’ ability to impede and deny the entry of illegal aliens and contraband.

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