This past Friday, the White House sent out orders that quietly put an end to the military’s involvement in border wall construction. The administration set about canceling contracts set up during the Trump administration, and this decision has left holes in the border wall amidst an ever-worsening crisis about illegal immigration on the southern border.
The Pentagon released a statement this past Friday that suggested that the action of freeing up the money currently being used to complete the “barrier project” on the southern border will ultimately benefit the United Stated MIlitary by letting those funds go to other higher priority projects and ventures.
“The DoD has begun taking all necessary actions to cancel border barrier projects and to coordinate with interagency partners,” The Pentagon stated in its release. “Today’s action reflects this Administration’s continued commitment to defending our nation and supporting our service members and their families.”
Politico notes, this is the second part of efforts by President Joe Biden at stopping President Donald Trump’s anti-illegal immigration border wall project. The first step he took was the signing of an executive order, issued the same day Biden took office, removing the former president’s “border emergency” declaration and stopping the flow of about $15 billion in set Congressional spending expected to go to the border wall project.
The decision issued on Friday applies to specifically Department of Defense contracts according to Government Executive.
“Consistent with the president’s proclamation, 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,” stated the Pentagon.
The DoD also stated that all money taken away from these projects to fund border wall construction will be diverted back to the budget.
“[U]nobligated military construction funds that had been diverted from military construction projects will be used for previously deferred military construction projects, allowing some of these critical efforts to move forward as soon as possible,” the agency stated in its release. “The department is reviewing the deferred project list to determine funding prioritization.”
A few weeks ago, Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security secretary, stated that the administration would be looking into border “security measures,” and that the White House seemed to be thinking about continuing on with some border wall segments, but it does seem, however, that they will not be doing so through any military channels.