The United States Pentagon has approved the transfer of $1 billion that will be allocated towards beginning new construction of a border wall between the United States and Mexico, according to CNN.
The move comes after President Trump in February declared a national emergency in an attempt to get quick funding for his signature campaign promise, the wall.
CNN says. “As part of his announcement, he directed the use of counterdrug monies to partially fund new wall construction. Under the national emergency, other funds can also be dedicated to building the wall and related infrastructure, including military construction funds.”
This money will come from the Department of Homeland Security and will be used for building 57 miles of a border fence, as well as other road fixes along the southern border.
The Democrats, and some Republicans, are objecting to the move.
Earlier this month, President Trump used his veto power for the first time, vetoing a resolution that sought to block his national emergency declaration that went towards freeing up the funds.
The resolution had easily passed the Democrat-controlled House and passed the Republican-controlled Senate with twelve Republican senators going along with Democrats to support the resolution.
The Senate is not expected to have enough votes to override the veto. Many expect the declaration will now be challenged in the court systems, and potentially all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.