The Pentagon will spend up to $ 1 billion to build 57 miles of fencing along the Mexican border, said Patrick Shanahan, acting secretary of defense
Shanahan allowed the commander of the army's engineering corps to plan and building fences with a height of 18 feet, building and upgrading roads and installing lighting in Yuma, Arizona and El Paso, Texas.
Shanhan said the efforts are in support of the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump issued last month. for the southern border. Trump announced the declaration after the congress refused to assign the $ 5.7 billion he wanted to build the wall.
Shanhan pointed out the need to "block the corridors for drug smuggling across the international borders of the United States to support the counter-narcotics activities of federal law enforcement agencies."
" The President's veto will be backed up, "quoted minority leader Kevin McCarthy, Californian. a wall-building situation allows him to use billions for military construction projects ranging from garages and air traffic control towers. The projects were approved by Congress but the contracts were not signed yet
Last week, Shanhan sent Congress a list of construction projects that the Pentagon could postpone but not redirect the funds to the wall. Among these projects is the Air Traffic Control Tower in Alabama.
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