U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and contractors work on sections of bollard wall near Lukeville, Ariz., which separates the U.S. southern border from Mexico, in August 2019.
The U.S. Pentagon on Friday announced the cancellation of funding for the border wall with Mexico popularly called ‘Trump Wall,’ and diverting funding back to military projects.
“Consistent with the President’s proclamation, the Department of Defense is proceeding with canceling all border barrier construction projects paid for with funds originally intended for other military missions and functions such as schools for military children, overseas military construction projects in partner nations, and the National Guard and Reserve equipment account,” said Jamal Brown, Deputy Pentagon Spokesman. “DOD has begun taking all necessary actions to cancel border barrier projects and to coordinate with interagency partners. Today’s action reflects this Administration’s continued commitment to defending our nation and supporting our service members and their families.”
In 2019, Trump had declared a national emergency in an effort to redirect funding to build the wall along the southern border. The Trump administration has built more than 450 miles (725 km) of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border – including hundreds of miles of replacement fencing and 52 miles (84 km) of construction where there were no barriers before. Fencing currently covers 706 miles (1,135 km) of the 1,954-mile (3,145 km) U.S.-Mexico border.
With this cancellation, unobligated military construction funds that had been diverted from military construction projects will be used for previously deferred military construction projects, allowing some of these critical efforts to move forward as soon as possible. The Department is reviewing the deferred project list to determine funding prioritization.
The Department will continue to work with its interagency partners regarding any additional steps that should be taken at construction sites affected by project cancellation.