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USPentagon approves use of military construction funds to build Trump's border wall

00:55  04 september  2019
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received the first tranche of Pentagon funds that will be used to build more than 230 miles of the border wall - helping to According to CNN, the Pentagon notified Congress Monday night that it had authorized billion to begin construction of a new segment of the wall along the US-Mexico border .

President Donald Trump aims to build a border wall through creative use of an emergency military statute — a strategy that even the Legal challenges will likely also question whether Trump ' s national emergency represents a genuine crisis. The number of Border Patrol arrests in fiscal year 2018 — a

Pentagon approves use of military construction funds to build Trump's border wall© HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images A US Border Patrol is seen from Mexico while patrolling along the border line between the cities of El Paso, Texas, in the United States, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on April 7, 2018. The US states of Texas and Arizona on Friday announced plans to send National Guard troops to the southern border with Mexico after President Donald Trump ordered a thousands-strong deployment to combat drug trafficking and illegal immigration. / AFP PHOTO / HERIKA MARTINEZ (Photo credit should read HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has authorized the use of $3.6 billion in military construction funds for 11 wall projects on the southern border with Mexico, according to defense officials and a letter from Esper to the Senate Armed Services Committee, which has been obtained by CNN.

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In his letter, Esper told Congress he has "determined that 11 military construction projects along the international border with Mexico, with an estimated total cost of $3.6 billion, are necessary to support the use of the armed forces in connection with the national emergency."

The announcement fulfills a promise made by President Donald Trump in February to tap military construction funds to build his border wall. The move was slammed by Congress when it was first announced and only recently completed a Pentagon legal review.

Defense Department officials say 127 military construction projects are being put on hold in order to use the $3.6 billion to fund building 175 miles of southern border wall.

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" Military construction on the border will not come at the expense of our people, our readiness, or "The committee does not approve the proposed use of Department of Defense funds to construct The Trump administration has pursued plans to build more fencing or walls in the face of critics who

The Defense Department announced Tuesday that it had awarded 6 million in contracts to build President Donald Trump ' s much-sought-after border wall with a completion date for these projects of October 2020.

Construction is expected to begin in about 135 days according to Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Comptroller Elaine McCusker.

According to chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman, half the money is coming from deferred projects overseas, and the other half were planned for projects in the US.

Though it's unclear which military construction would be put on hold, the move could put at risk projects such as command and control, drone, cyber and training facilities in the US and overseas.

White House officials have held talks in the last weeks to begin planning for the move, two administration officials said, which would shift funds from the Department of Defense's military construction budget to fund the border wall.

The move would rely on Trump's February emergency declaration, which has faced stiff legal challenges.

Lt. Gen. Andrew W. Poppas, director of operations, J-3, Joint Staff, says "we do" expect to be able to reduce some of the troops assigned to the border mission with the construction of these barriers but would not say by how much.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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