The Pentagon is shifting $1.5 billion in funds originally targeted for support of the Afghan security forces and other projects to help pay for construction of nearly 80 miles of wall at the U.S.-Mexican border, officials said Friday.
Congress was notified of the move Friday. It follows the Pentagon’s decision in March to transfer $1 billion from Army personnel budget accounts to support wall construction.
Some lawmakers have been highly critical of the Pentagon shifting money not originally authorized for border security.
A Pentagon spokesman said the $1.5 billion would be used to “undertake fence replacement” in and around Tucson, Arizona, and El Centro, Texas.
In all, the Pentagon is expected to shift about $6.1 billion to help build a border wall, including about $3.6 billion from military construction projects, some of which will be delayed.
The Pentagon has not yet announced which projects will be delayed in order to free up those funds.