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Pentagon approves diversion of military construction funds for border wall

  1. Original Date Announced

    September 3, 2019

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper agrees to divert $3.6 billion from 127 military construction projects to instead fund President Trump's border wall. Half of the $3.6 billion was for construction projects in the United States, and the other half for projects in foreign countries. [ID #427]

    See Biden administration action below.

    Pentagon approves diversion of military construction funds for Trump’s wall
  3. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    January 20, 2021

    2021.01.20 Proclamation 10142

    This Biden administration policy revokes in its entirety the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued a proclamation terminating the declared emergency with respect to the Southern border. This proclamation also indicates that a review will determine how to redirect funds diverted for wall construction.

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  4. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    June 11, 2021

    2021.06.11 DHS Releases Plan for Use of Border Barrier Funds

    This Biden administration action explains how funds will be redirected in light of the termination of border wall construction.

    DHS released a plan for funds the Trump administration planned to use for construction of a border wall. The plan outlines steps DHS will take to end wall expansion to the extent permitted by law and to address life, safety, and environmental concerns.  

    The prior administration planned to spend over $15 billion on wall construction, and diverted over $10 billion of those funds from military projects and other sources. The Department of Defense is terminating all border wall projects using the diverted funds, and returning the remaining, unobligated funds to their original sources.

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  5. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    October 8, 2021

    2021.10.15 DHS to Terminate Border Barrier Contracts in Laredo and Rio Grande Valley

    This Biden administration policy finalizes the revocation of the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On October 8, 2021, DHS issued a press release announcing that CBP, in coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, "intends to cancel the remaining border barrier contracts located within U.S. Border Patrol's Laredo Sector and all border barrier contracts located in the Rio Grande Valley Sector." This action is consistent with DHS's border barrier plan, announced June 11, 2021.

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Current Status

Not in effect
January 20, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration
June 11, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration
October 8, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Border
Agencies Affected: CBP DOD

Pre Trump-Era Policies

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