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Biden returning over $2B to Pentagon that was redirected to build border wall

Biden returning over $2B to Pentagon that was redirected to build border wall

6/12/2021 6:56:00 AM

Biden returning over $2B to Pentagon that was redirected to build border wall

The Trump administration built about 450 miles of wall, moving quickly by waiving requirements for environmental reviews and mediation, though only about 52 miles were in areas where no barrier previously existed.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.About $2 billion in funding for former President Donald Trump's border wall will be returned to the Pentagon, the Biden administration announced Friday. Above, a pair of migrant families from Brazil pass through a gap in the border wall to reach the United States after crossing from Mexico in Yuma, Arizona, on June 10, 2021.

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Eugene Garcia/Associated PressJoe Bidensuspended construction of the wall upon taking office while his administration reviewed the project. That angered Republicans in Congress eager to see it go forward amid an increase in apprehensions of migrants along the southwest border.

Biden plans to return more than $2 billion that the Trump administration diverted from the Pentagon to help pay for the wall and use other money appropriated by Congress to address"urgent life, safety, and environmental issues" created by the construction. It also asks lawmakers not to provide any additional funding for what the Biden team believes is an unnecessary effort. headtopics.com

The government has built walls and other barriers along the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) U.S.-Mexico border for decades to eliminate some of the easier routes of avoiding checkpoints. Trump turned the issue into a centerpiece of his political identity.

Trump vowed to build a"virtually impenetrable" wall, insisting it would be paid for by Mexico, which never happened. Instead, his administration set aside about $15 billion through a combination of congressional appropriations and taking the money from the Pentagon and other parts of the government.

The Trump administration built about 450 miles (725 kilometers) of wall, moving quickly by waiving requirements for environmental reviews and mediation, though only about 52 miles (84 kilometers) were in areas where no barrier previously existed.Biden's decision to suspend construction prompted Republican senators to ask the Government Accountability Office to investigate whether the administration was violating federal law in not using appropriated money for its intended purpose.

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