Yesterday, Friday, the Pentagon announced the cancellation of all construction projects related to the border fence with Mexico, which were funded with funds earmarked for other military missions.
“According to President Joe Biden’s announcement, the Defense Department is canceling all border wall construction projects paid for with funds originally earmarked for other military projects,” Pentagon spokesman Jamal Brown said in a statement.
He added that the Ministry of Defense began taking all necessary measures to cancel the projects to build the border barrier.
He indicated that the funds that have not yet been released will be directed to the projects that were originally intended for them, especially schools for military families, construction in bases abroad and securing equipment for the National Guard’s reserves, but he did not clarify the value of the money.
Former US President Donald Trump used billions of dollars from the Pentagon budget in 2019 and 2020 to finance his “anti-immigration” wall on the border with Mexico, a key promise he made during his presidential campaign in 2016. Neither Mexico nor Congress provided the funds required for that.
Upon his arrival at the White House in January, incumbent President Joe Biden issued an executive order suspending construction of the wall.