Construction on a Pentagon-funded portion of border fence began this week near Yuma, Arizona, just as federal officials revealed a list of Defense Department projects that will be cut to pay for President Donald Trump's wall.
Esper approved the transfer of $3.6 billion -- meant for military construction projects -- to instead go toward the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.
President Trump's border wall will take center stage at the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, as it attempts to finalize its annual defense bill.
President Trump has personally and repeatedly urged the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to award border wall contracts to Fisher Industries.
President Trump wants a black border wall (making it too hot to touch) and topped with spikes – while also requiring it to be aesthetically pleasing.
“We Build the Wall” began work on a project to erect a section of border wall in the El Paso, Texas sector – using money raised via GoFundMe.
The U.S. government plans on replacing barriers through 100 miles (161 kilometers) of the southern border in California and Arizona, including through a national monument and a wildlife refuge, according to documents and environmental advocates.
According to the U.S. Border Patrol in the El Paso sector, human smugglers are using drones to help immigrants looking to enter the United States illegally.
The Defense Department has awarded $976 million to two companies to help fix the wall along the southern border.
Amid record numbers of apprehensions, President Donald Trump threatened to close the southern border in a tweet for the third time since Thanksgiving.