The move will return funding to 66 military projects spanning 11 states, three US territories and 16 countries, the White House said in a related fact sheet. Projects include $ 79 million to renovate an American military school in Germany and $ 9 million for a shooting range in Indiana.
Trump, a Republican, made the wall a distinctive part of his presidency, saying it was necessary to stop illegal immigration and drug smuggling. During his four years in office, Trump secured about $ 15 billion for the project, including $ 10 billion in redirected US military funds.
Biden, a Democrat, issued an executive order on January 20, his first day in office, halting construction of the wall, saying “a massive wall that spans the entire southern border is not a serious political solution.”
The Biden administration said Friday that it would use its legal authority to stop any new border wall construction and asked Congress to redirect existing resources to technology-based border security.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, said Thursday that his state would build its own border wall, but it is unclear whether it has the resources and legal authority to do so. Abbott and other Republicans have criticized Biden in recent months for rolling back Trump’s restrictions, as the number of migrants arriving at the border has reached the highest monthly levels in two decades.
After Congress refused to provide the money Trump had requested for the construction of the wall, his administration redirected funds allocated by lawmakers for other purposes to pay for the project. Democrats accused Trump at the time of exceeding his power as president.