A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle stands at the U.S. and Mexico border fence by in Tijuana, Mexico, January 21, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton


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A U.S. Border Patrol car stands on the U.S. and Mexico border fence by in Tijuana, Mexico, January 21, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton


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.

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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.

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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.

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