Dept. of Defense finalizes $2.5B in contracts to build 129 miles of southern border wall

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:02 AM PT — Friday, September 20, 2019

The Defense Department has finalized contracts to build new sections of the border wall in New Mexico, Arizona, and California. In a statement Thursday, the Pentagon said it has finalized almost $2.5 billion of contracts to build 129 miles of new border wall. Additionally, the Interior Department has transferred 560 acres of public land to the Pentagon for wall construction.

Earlier this month, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper reallocated $3.6 billion in Pentagon funds from military construction across the globe toward the border wall.

President Donald Trump tours a section of the southern border wall, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Otay Mesa, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump said wall construction will continue into next year.

“It’ll be over 400 miles and we think we can get it close to 500 Miles by the end of next year depending on certain terrain conditions, but we’re doing all of the most important areas,” he stated. “The wall, you won’t be able to touch it…you can you can fry an egg on that wall, it’s very, very hot.”

Pentagon officials said the pace of wall construction will speed up next year, with the planning and environmental assessment being almost completed in remaining areas along the border.

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