The Pentagon diverts $2.2 billion in border wall funding to military programmes.

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The Biden administration revealed plans on Friday to shift $2.2 billion in funding formerly designated for border wall construction to pay for dozens of Defense Department projects.

The news comes nearly six months after President Joe Biden issued an executive order prohibiting the construction of a border wall.

The Pentagon said the money will go toward 66 military projects in 11 states, three territories and 16 countries. Among them is a $79 million project to overhaul an elementary school in Germany for U.S. military children, a $25 million radio battalion project in North Carolina, a $25 million upgrade to equipment and personnel at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, and $10 million for a missile field expansion at Fort Greely in Alaska.

Former President Donald Trump prioritised the construction of a border wall during his presidential campaign and four years in administration. In February 2019, he proclaimed a state of emergency in order to redirect $600 million from the Treasury Department and $6.1 billion from the Defense Department to the Department of Homeland Security for border wall construction.

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Along the 1,954-mile southern border, the Trump administration erected around 450 miles of wall, the majority of which was strengthening or replacement of existing barriers.

 

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