The Pentagon has allowed one billion dollars in funding to be allocated for border wall construction.
The Department of Defense authorized the shift notifying lawmakers on Capitol Hill late Monday.
The funds will be used to build a 57-mile long fence along the southern border, and nearly doubles the funding Congress appropriated at $1.3 billion.
The fence is expected to be located in the Yuma and El Paso areas being 18 feet high.
According to a news release, the Pentagon is permitted to authorize funding for barrier construction in an effort to curb drug trafficking.
The Pentagon informed Congress that it’s shifting up to $1 billion in appropriated funding to build a 57-mile fence at the southern U.S. border — a move made possible after President Trump declared a national emergency.https://t.co/dUbq5IQvcR
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The Pentagon has not clarified where exactly the one billion dollars will come from within the budget.