Donald Trump had made the construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico one of his main promises in his campaign in 2016. Four years later, the continuation of the controversial site is still current to limit immigration illegal.
The Pentagon will give up the purchase of several F-35 stealth planes and drones in order to unlock an additional 3.8 billion dollars for this famous wall, according to documents handed over to Congress on Thursday.
The funds will be transferred to the tune of $ 2.2 billion from the Pentagon’s 2020 budget lines that had been allocated to the purchase of equipment for the US Air Force and the US Navy, according to these documents, including AFP. got a copy. The rest comes from the funds initially planned for the external operations of the American army (Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq).
This new envelope brings to 9.9 billion dollars the funds allocated since July by the Ministry of Defense to this wall between the two countries. The Pentagon’s budget, which exceeds $ 700 billion a year, is allocated to programs strictly defined by Congress, on the proposal of the executive.
But it does have some $ 6 billion in discretionary funds, which can be reprogrammed provided they are spent on “urgent” programs.
Among the equipment sacrificed on the wall, the documents submitted to Congress mention the F-35s, armed MQ-9 “Reaper” drones, C-130J cargo planes and “Poseidon” P-8 maritime reconnaissance planes.
In 2019, the United States faced an explosion of human smuggling from Mexico, mainly Central Americans fleeing violence and misery in their country. In April, more than 100,000 migrants were arrested at the Mexican border.
This influx led to a border crisis with overcrowded reception centers and deplorable sanitary conditions. In July, an investigation was launched into alleged abuse of adolescents.