Defense Secretary Shifts 3.6 Billion To Border Wall Construction

You asked for it, you got it. The wall will be built. Secretary Mark Esper officially diverted $3.6 billion of Department of Defense funds to the construction of a southern border security wall.

In a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Secretary of Defense Esper secured the funding for 11 wall projects along the U.S. – Mexico border. “On February 15, 2019,” his letter reads,  “the President issued a proclamation declaring that a national emergency exists along the southern border.” That, he continued, requires the use of the Armed Forces.”

“In order to provide additional authority to the Department of Defense as part of the federal government’s response to this national emergency,” the Commander in Chief gave them fresh orders. President Trump gave them the power to carry out their job under “Section 301 of the National Emergencies Act,” and “Section 2808 of Title 10, U.S. Code.”

The secretary went on to say that he had “determined that 11 military construction projects along the international border with Mexico… are necessary to support the use of the armed forces in connection with the national emergency.” Congress will have a hard time blocking that one.

The effect of the projects that the secretary listed will be “to deter illegal entry.” Not only will the wall virtually prevent crossings, it will give us a better chance of catching the ones that do make it across, by “increasing the ‘vanishing time’ of those illegally crossing the border, and the channeling of migrants to ports of entry.”

He also stated that the projects, once completed, would reduce the demand at the southern border for Department of Defense personnel and assets where the barriers will be constructed. That would “allow the “redeployment of DoD personnel and assets to other high-traffic areas on the border without barriers.”

Here is the list of the 11 military construction projects to be funded:

Yuma Project 2 ($40M):
Yuma Project 10/27 ($527M)
Yuma Project 3 ($630M)
San Diego Project 4 ($67M)
Yuma Project 6 ($65M)
El Paso Project 2 ($476M)
El Paso Project 8 ($164M)
San Diego Project 11 ($57M)
El Centro Project 5 (20M)
Laredo Project 7 ($1,286M)
El Centro Project 9 (286M)

President Trump promised that he would construct a wall to help secure southern border and he is fulfilling his promise.

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