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World Pentagon shifts $3.8 billion (AUD $5.65 billion) towards building Mexico border wall

06:31  14 february  2020
06:31  14 february  2020 Source:   france24.com

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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. Pentagon officials said the money would be used to build

The US Defense Department is shifting another $ 3 . 8 billion from procurement and other operations towards paying for a wall on the US- Mexican border , official documents sent to the US Congress Trump promised to build the wall along most of the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) US- Mexico border

a group of people standing in front of a building© Tom Brenner/File Photo, Reuters The US Defense Department is shifting another $3.8 billion (AUD $5.65 billion) from procurement and other operations towards paying for a wall on the US-Mexican border, official documents sent to the US Congress showed Thursday.

The move took to $9.9 billion (AUD $14.72 billion) the total the Pentagon has been forced by President Donald Trump to reallocate to the barrier, after Congress repeatedly blocked funding.

The president declared a national emergency last year to be able to draw federal budget funds already allocated to other needs for the wall, which aims to deter migrants from entering the country illegally.

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In a notice sent to Congress Thursday, the Pentagon said it is shifting billions from fighter jets and other weapons to help pay for a wall along the U.S 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 .

The US Defense Department is shifting another $ 3 . 8 billion from procurement and other operations towards paying for a wall on the US- Mexican border , official Trump promised to build the wall along most of the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) US- Mexico border — paid for by Mexico — during his

In January an appeals court backed Trump’s diversion of already-purposed federal budget funds to the project, removing a stay on spending set by a lower court after opponents filed suit.

The Pentagon told Congress it was transferring the $3.8 billion (AUD $5.65 billion) to “counter-drug activities” on the border in support of the Department of Homeland Security.

The money was to be culled from various programs for buying tactical vehicles for the Army National Guard, vessels for the Navy, and combat and transport aircraft for the Navy and Air Force.

Trump promised to build the wall along most of the 3,200km US-Mexico border—paid for by Mexico—during his 2016 presidential campaign.

After he was elected however he sought some $25 billion (AUD $37.18 billion) from Congress but was repeatedly turned back amid opposition to his harsh stance against undocumented migrants already living in the country.

Meanwhile, the number of illegal border-crossers detained soared as hundreds of thousands of migrants poured into the US, mostly from Central America, seeking asylum.

A crackdown and changes in policy that made it far more difficult stay in the United States after submitting an asylum request has seen border apprehension numbers plunge in recent months.

The figure stood at fewer than 37,000 last month, from more than 58,000 a year earlier.

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