The Trump administration has moved at least $1 billion from the US Department of Defense to plan and build a 57-mile section of “pedestrian fencing”, roads and lighting along the border between the United States and Mexico, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has announced.
According to reports, last month the Pentagon gave Congress a list that included $12.8 billion of construction projects for which it said funds could be redirected for construction along the US-Mexico border.
President Donald Trump declared a national emergency last month in a bid to fund his promised border wall without congressional approval.
Shanahan said in a memo to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen that the Department of Defense had the authority to support counter-narcotics activities near international boundaries.
Shanahan authorized the U.S Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and executing the project that would involve building 57 miles of 18-foot-high fencing, constructing and improving roads, and installing lighting within the Yuma and El Paso sections of the U.S.-Mexico border.
The move comes as Trump threated to shut down the southern border after “huge” caravans of nonwhite invaders continued their invasion of America, falsely claiming “asylum” from their own self-created disasters.
Trump is also considering bringing on a “border” or “immigration czar” to coordinate immigration policies across various federal agencies, according to the Associated Press.
Trump is apparently weighing at least two potential candidates for the post: Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli — two conservatives with “strong views on immigration,” according to the Associated Press (a phrase which in the newspeak of the controlled media means that they are perfectly ordinary and oppose illegal immigration).
Aides hope the potential appointment, which they caution is still in the planning stages, would be the administration’s new “face” of the immigration issue and would placate both the president and his supporters, showing he is serious about the issue and taking action.