The acting defense Minister Patrick Shanahan gave permission for the use of $ 1 billion for the construction of a section of the wall stretching 91 km on the southern border of the United States. This was reported by the press service of the Department.
“Today, the acting defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan gave permission to the commander of the US army engineering forces to begin planning and implementing a $ 1 billion program to support the Department of homeland security and customs and border services,” the document said. The money will be used to erect a 57-mile (about 91 km) border fence near the towns of Yuma (Arizona) and El Paso (Texas).
Donald Trump on February 15 signed a Declaration on the introduction of the state of emergency on the southern border of the country. As the acting chief of staff of the White House, Mick Mulvaney, told reporters during a telephone briefing, it will allow the President to receive a total of about $ 8 billion. Funds will be spent on the construction or repair of fences on the border with Mexico, the length of 376.5 km. The administration believes that this will help the authorities to prevent illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
Earlier, Trump and the Republicans sought inclusion in the state budget of more than $ 5.7 billion for the construction of a barrier on the border with Mexico. Due to disputes on this account, on December 22, 2018, there was a suspension of the work of the Federal government, which lasted a record 35 days.