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Pentagon funds being sought for 270 miles of border wall

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking the money from the Defense Department to build the wall along the border with Mexico.

WASHINGTON — Defense officials say the Department of Homeland Security has asked the Pentagon to fund the construction of 270 miles of border wall this year as part of a counter-drug effort. 

The officials say the request came in Wednesday, and the Pentagon is beginning what will be a two-week assessment to determine what will be approved. 

The officials would not provide any cost estimates.

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Credit: AP
Government contractors erect a section of Pentagon-funded border wall along the Colorado River, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 in Yuma, Ariz. The 30-foot high wall replaces a five-mile section of Normandy barrier and post-n-beam fencing, shown at left, along the the International border that separates Mexico and the United States. Construction began as federal officials revealed a list of Defense Department projects to be cut to pay for President Donald Trump's wall. (AP Photo/Matt York)