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HomeNewsPoliticsPentagon Approves $1B for 57-Miles of Border Fencing

Pentagon Approves $1B for 57-Miles of Border Fencing

An American flag flying behind barbed wire at the U.S. southern border with Mexico. (Photo: AdobeStock)
An American flag flying behind barbed wire at the U.S. southern border with Mexico. (Photo: AdobeStock)
An American flag flying behind barbed wire at the U.S. southern border with Mexico. (Photo: AdobeStock)

The Department of Defense (DOD) announced the transfer of $1 billion to construct 57 miles of 18-foot high border fencing, as well as other projects for the U.S Army Corps of Engineers.

“10 U.S.C. § 284(b)(7) gives the Department of Defense the authority to construct roads and fences and to install lighting to block drug-smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States in support of counter-narcotic activities of Federal law enforcement agencies,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection requested the funds for the construction of a border wall.

This story is developing and will be updated as both sides of the debate return requests for comment.

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