WASHINGTON — Appearing Protection Secretary Patrick Shanahan has licensed the Military Corps of Engineers to start planning and constructing 57 miles of 18-foot-high fencing in Yuma, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas, alongside the U.S. border with Mexico.
The Pentagon says it would divert as much as $1 billion to assist the Division of Homeland Safety and Customs and Border Patrol. The funding would additionally go towards putting in lighting and developing roads in these areas.
Shanahan says the Corps’ focus shall be on blocking “drug-smuggling corridors.”
The El Paso sector has all of the sudden turn out to be the second-busiest hall for unlawful border crossings after Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, a lot of them asylum-seeking households from Central America. The Yuma sector has additionally witnessed a bounce in unlawful crossings, notably Guatemalan households in distant areas.