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Pentagon gets request to build roughly 435 kilometres of Trump border wall

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Pentagon gets request to build roughly 435 kilometres of Trump border wall

 

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FILE PHOTO: Construction site of the first border wall in Texas since President Trump took office as seen near Donna, Texas, U.S. December 8, 2019. REUTERS/Veronica G. Cardenas

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon has received a request from within the Trump administration to build roughly 270 miles (435 km) of wall on the border with Mexico and is evaluating its cost and viability, a senior Defense Department official said on Thursday.

 

The disclosure of the request by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sets up another showdown with Democrats in Congress, who oppose President Donald Trump's past diversion of billions of dollars in military spending to bolster security on the border.

 

The senior U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to speculate on the costs of the project but noted it would be paid for out of Pentagon authorities to counter drug smuggling.

 

The Washington Post on Monday reported internal Trump administration deliberations for a $7.2 billion request.

 

The Trump administration has vowed to build at least 400 miles (644 km) of wall along the border by November 2020, when Trump will be up for re-election. In his 2016 campaign, Trump said Mexico would pay for the wall. The Mexican government has refused to do so.

 

Defense Secretary Mark Esper signalled earlier this week he would not oppose some new diversion of funds for border wall construction, saying the border was a security issue and that the Pentagon was committed to supporting DHS' mission.

 

"If that's what it takes, we are prepared to support," Esper said.

 

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Pentagon's review would probably take two weeks and noted that past requests by DHS for border wall construction had only been partially fulfilled by the Defense Department.

 

The Trump administration has constructed nearly 100 miles (160 km) of border wall, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics current to late December. All of those barriers replaced existing structures, the agency said.

 

The Pentagon's review of the DHS request would include a legal review by Defense Department attorneys as well as a feasibility review by the Army Corps of Engineers.

 

"Sometimes when we get these areas, they're not constructable or it's difficult to do that at certain points," the official said. "Then funding decisions are assessed simultaneous with that."

 

It was unclear when any construction might begin, but the official noted that any funding for it would need to be spent by Sept. 30, when the fiscal year ends.

 

The military's Joint Staff would also provide an assessment to determine any impact the project might have on military readiness, presumably because of the diversion of funds. Such projects are not built by soldiers but contracted out to private industry.

 

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Additional reporting by Ted Hesson; Editing by Sandra Maler and Peter Cooney)

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2020-01-17
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58 minutes ago, xylophone said:

The main problem with this dumbass president is that he hasn't got a clue about most things, and certainly hasn't got a clue about how drugs are smuggled into the USA. Even his own administration has produced statistics which counter his claims, but they may go in one ear, and they certainly go out of the other because there's nothing in between to stop them.

 

Or of course he can't read.......which is also very likely!!

 

An analysis of data from the southern border indicates that the vast majority of narcotics enters through U.S. ports of entry, not the wide swaths of border in between where additional barriers could be erected.
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According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics, 90 percent of heroin seized along the border, 88 percent of cocaine, 87 percent of methamphetamine, and 80 percent of fentanyl in the first 11 months of the 2018 fiscal year was caught trying to be smuggled in at legal crossing points.

 

Trump’s assertion that most of the drugs that enter the United States come in vehicles that speed across unblocked border areas is undercut by testimony from members of his own administration. We have noted before that various agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security have reported — since Trump took office — most drugs that cross the border come through existing ports of entry.
 

Google "democracy" and "mandate."

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1 hour ago, Mick501 said:

Google "democracy" and "mandate."

Right ho... done that.... now can you tell me why? Use your words... connect the dots for me

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Imagine if the US had immigration enforcement as stringent as Thailand. 

 

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