President Trump is planning to divert $7.2 billion from the Pentagon to go toward border wall construction in 2020—the second year in a row that money is redirected to the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border from military construction projects and counternarcotics funding, The Washington Post reported.
According to the news outlet, the administration will take $3.5 billion from counterdrug programs and $3.7 billion from military construction funding, compared to $2.5 billion and $3.6 billion, respectively, last year.
With this new boost in funding, about 885 miles of new fencing would be built by the spring of 2022, more than the 509 miles planned for the border. So far, the administration will finished 101 miles of new barriers at the end of the 2020 deadline.
A federal court in El Paso, Texas, opposed the president’s campaign promise by freezing the $3.6 billion for new barriers because Congress designated it for something else. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, in New Orleans, reversed that ruling last week.
Administration officials told the Post that the New Orleans ruling influenced the president and his administration to redirect money again this year, according to The Hill.