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Pentagon Won't Move Ahead With 3 Border Barrier Projects

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By    |   Tuesday, 17 September 2019 09:05 AM

The Defense Department has halted plans for three border barrier projects in Arizona and California, Politico is reporting

The website attributed the information to a court document filed Monday.

The Defense Department had approved funding for about 20 miles of fencing, lighting and other border infrastructure. It would have used about $2.5 billion from a counter-drug fund, according to Politico. But officials revealed in the court filing the department would not be able to cover the full cost of the project.

“The Department of Defense has decided not to pursue (the projects) at this time,” according to the court filing posted by Politico.

In this case the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had initially determined that enough money was available to cover the cost of the projects.  However, it had noted the final determination would not be made until later in the fiscal year.

After Congress did not provide the needed funding to build a border wall, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to use defense funds for construction.

Since then, the border barrier funding has sparked numerous lawsuits, Politico noted.

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