The Pentagon is finally responding to President Donald Trump’s declared national emergency by announcing it would reallocate $1 billion for funding of a wall along the U.S./Mexico border.
The funding will give “the Department of Defense the authority to construct roads and fences and to install lighting to block drug-smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States in support of counter-narcotic activities of Federal law enforcement agencies,” according to a notification from the Pentagon to Congress.
The amount is estimated to cover the cost of 57 miles of “18-foot-high pedestrian fencing.”
While Congress has already approved these funds for the Pentagon to use, Democrats are still crying foul.
Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan received a letter from the disgruntled Dems reading, “The $1 billion reprogramming that the Department is implementing without congressional approval constitutes dollar-for-dollar theft from other readiness needs of our Armed Forces.”
These Democrats claim “substantial shortfalls” in the budgets of the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy, “currently total $5 billion.” Claiming that the money should go towards these branches instead of the wall.