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DoD Cancels Border Wall Contracts Using Military Funds

04/30/21

 

 The Department of Defense announced Friday it was canceling all contracts for the border wall between Mexico and the United States which use funds originally intended for military missions, and would repair damage caused by wall construction, including soil erosion in San Diego.

Former President Donald Trump had used military funds to help build some 455 miles of border wall -- one of his administration's top priorities -- including 49 miles which previously had no fence or wall. President Joe Biden stopped all construction on border wall projects his first day in office.

"The Department of Defense is proceeding with canceling all border barrier construction projects paid for with funds originally intended for other military missions and functions such as schools for military children, overseas military construction projects in partner nations and the National Guard and Reserve equipment account," Jamal Brown, deputy Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher applauded the Biden administration's move.

"The cancellation of funding for the Trump border wall is another important step President Biden is taking to erase the divisive and inhumane immigration policies of the Trump Administration," he said. "This is good news for San Diego County and other border communities that respect and appreciate immigrants." READ MORE