Military-Funded Border Wall Projects: CANCELED
The Department of Defense (DOD) is canceling U.S.-Mexico border wall construction efforts that were paid with military funding.
President Donald Trump ordered the diversion of billions of dollars in military and defense funds toward building the wall, using his emergency executive powers.
“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, a spokesperson for the Pentagon, in a statement.
Brown said, “These funds will now be used for deferred military construction projects.”
“The 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,” he said.
The Department of Homeland Security also announced it would look into, “physical dangers resulting from the previous administration’s approach to border wall construction.”
Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) described Friday’s move as a national security threat.
“Having a secure, defined border is important to our national security & public health efforts. This is an ill-advised decision at best,” he wrote on Twitter.
Illegal immigration has become an issue for Biden. Weeks after taking office in January, Biden signed executive orders rescinding several of Trump’s policies, including the “remain in Mexico” initiative.
Even Democrats have faulted the president, Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.): “The president has not laid out a comprehensive immigration plan so far.”
“While I share President Biden’s urgency in fixing our broken immigration system, what I didn’t hear tonight was a plan to address the immediate crisis at the border,” he stated, referring to Biden’s speech to Congress on Wednesday. “And I will continue holding this administration accountable to deliver the resources and staffing necessary for a humane, orderly process.”
Reuters And Epoch Times contributed to this report.