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(File pix) In this file photo taken on March 13, 2018 US President Donald Trump (left) inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego. California. The Pentagon notified the US Congress on March 25, 2019 that it has authorised 1 billion for new border wall construction at the US-Mexico border. AFP Photo

Washington: Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan said Monday he had authorized US$1 billion to build part of the wall sought by President Donald Trump along the US-Mexico border.

The Department of Homeland Security asked the Pentagon to build 57 miles (92 kilometers) of 18-foot (5.5-meter) fencing, build and improve roads, and install lighting to support Trump’s emergency declaration as concerns the border.

Shanahan “authorized the commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and executing up to $1 billion in support to the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol,” a Pentagon statement read. -- AFP

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