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The Department of Defense will allocate up to $1 billion in funding to build President Trump's wall along the US-Mexico border, acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan said in a letter Monday night. Shanahan wrote to Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen that military funding would be provided for construction along the border to combat drug smuggling. DHS had requested military funding last month to construct roads, lighting, and fencing at 11 project sites along the border. Shanahan agreed to provide funds up to $1 billion for three of the projects suggested by DHS, which he described as construction 57 miles of 18-foot-high pedestrian fencing, roads, and lighting in El Paso and Yuma. Full story

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