Trump Wants to Reprogram $7.2B DoD Funds for Border Wall

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks during a joint news conference

The military projects that lost funding to the border barrier in 2019 included schools on military bases at home and overseas, as well as repairs to military installations in Puerto Rico that suffered damage from Hurricane Maria. According to the plans, the funding would give the government enough money to complete [a total of] approximately 885 miles of new fencing by spring 2022, far more than the 509 miles the administration has slated for the USA border with Mexico.

The Trump administration is beginning flights to central Mexico to help alleviate the rise of Mexican migrants at the southern border, after the Mexican government reportedly requested the program. But the Trump administration has been remarkably bad at estimating how much border wall can be built. "He also pledged to make Mexico pay for the barrier, delighting crowds at his rallies".

The Trump administration has completed 101 miles of new barriers so far, according to the latest figures, far less than the 450 miles the president has promised to erect by the end of the year. With the added funds, the administration will have allocated $18.4 billion toward completion of the barrier. And recent court rulings have emboldened him to continue down this path.

The bottom line: The administration's plans are sure to reignite the debate over the president's money grab - and they likely signal that the border wall will once again play a central role in Trump's election campaign.

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The White House and the Pentagon declined the post's comments. That means the Pentagon would have to find money elsewhere in its budget for the remaining $2.45 billion. It's unclear whether those projects will be delayed again, or whether a different set of repairs and improvements could be postponed. Congress twice voted to terminate Trump's national emergency declaration, but each time failed to come up with enough votes to override a presidential veto. The shutdown ended with Democrats agreeing to provide $1.4 billion in taxpayer funding and the White House turning to military budgets to obtain billions more. According to worldwide media reports, this would be the second time the money would be diverted from the Pentagon to the construction of the wall if Trump administration gives a go-ahead. "So the southwest border is a security issue".

The Supreme Court of the United States in July ruled that the president had the authority to take the decision. As a result, the construction projects the Pentagon defunded in 2019 for the wall in effect were canceled.

The Trump administration's attempt to build the barrier has faced numerous challenges before federal courts.

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