The Trump administration plans on moving an additional $7.2 billion of Pentagon funding to build a border wall, according to several reports.
The funding would come from two primary pots of money: $3.7 billion from one fund for military construction, and $3.5 billion from counter-narcotic programs for the border wall, according to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. The administration took $6.7 billion from the two funding sources last year, according to the Wall Street Journal. However, the additional funding will permit the government to construct as many as 885 miles of its preferred style of border fencing.
According to the Washington Post, this is “far more” than the 509 miles the administration has slated for the U.S. border with Mexico.
The move would bring the total amount of federal funds allocated to border fencing to $18.4 billion under Trump, according to CNBC.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNBC