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Pentagon Authorizes $1B Transfer for New Border Fencing

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Published on March 26, 2019 - Duration: 01:19s

Pentagon Authorizes $1B Transfer for New Border Fencing

The money will go towards building 57 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas and Arizona.

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Pentagon Authorizes $1B Transfer for New Border Fencing

The Pentagon has green-lit the transfer of $1 billion to begin constructing a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the money would go toward her agency's request to build  57 miles of fencing  in El Paso, Texas and Yuma, Arizona.

The money will also be used for road improvements and new lighting in those sectors.

According to  The New York Times , this $1 billion transfer was made without using President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration.  Instead, the Pentagon's statement  cited a federal law  that allows it "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." In a  letter sent to Shanahan  Monday, Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee criticized the fact that he hadn't sought their permission to transfer the funds, calling it a "dollar-for-dollar theft from other readiness needs of our Armed Forces." Lawmakers will most likely question Shanahan more on his decision  when he testifies  before the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .

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