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Pentagon Approves Additional $1.5 Billion for Border Wall

AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has approved an additional $1.5 billion to build 80 more miles of President Trump's border wall. 

Department of Homeland Security officials, both current and former ones like President Obama's DHS Chief Jeh Johnson, insist there is a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. There were over 100,000 apprehensions in April alone, the highest monthly total since 2007.

At a recent hearing, Shanahan said the Pentagon has sufficient funds to build at least 256 miles of the wall.

This post has been updated with additional information.

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