Another major step has been taken in President Trump’s efforts to build a new border wall along the southern border of the United States. As Hot Air reports, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has just announced that “the Pentagon will reallocate $3.6 billion to 11 border wall construction projects.”
This comes after the Supreme Court had ruled in July that President Trump was legally allowed to redirect Department of Defense funds to border security, as the issue does fall under national security and thus can be determined at the president’s discretion. This overturned several lower court rulings that initially blocked the reallocation of such funds.
CNN reports that the new diversion of funds will be enough to fund the construction of 175 miles of new border wall.
Despite attempts to block further construction from various lower courts and Democrats in Congress, President Trump has been working around such obstacles and has been gradually building more and more wall. In late August, U.S. Customs and Border Protection completed 60 miles of new border wall in Arizona, revealing the new construction via drone footage.
President Trump, in upholding his signature campaign promise, says that the United States is on track to have completed over 400 miles of new border wall by the end of 2020.