The president, Donald Trump, plans to allocate an additional $ 7.2 billion for the construction of a wall on the southwest border, five times more than what Congress had authorized by 2020. The funds would come from the Department of Defense, according to internal documents obtained by The Washington Post .
These are new funds that would also come out of anti-narcotics activities and military infrastructure projects. According to the plans consulted by that newspaper, it would be enough to finance 885 miles of border fences, which would be completed in the spring of 2022.
Trump had promised that he would build 509 miles of fences with Mexico. The new goal would far exceed the initial plans.
On January 9, a federal court of appeals allowed the Administration to use $ 3.6 billion of Pentagon funds for the wall, the use of which is the subject of a lawsuit by El Paso County, Texas and the Border Network for organization Human Rights (Border Network for Human Rights) against the Trump administration.
The president decreed on February 15 a state of national emergency due to the alleged crisis caused by undocumented immigrants at the border, which has allowed him to derive additional funds for the wall. " It's a great thing because we have a drug invasion, a gang invasion, an invasion of people," Trump said then.
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