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Defense funds being used for Arizona, New Mexico border wall

FILE - This April 6, 2018, file photo, provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, shows a new type of bollard wall that will replace existing wire mesh and vehicle barriers near the Santa Teresa, N.M., port of entry. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP, File)

YUMA, Ariz. — The U.S. government is moving forward with plans to use military funds to build border barriers in Arizona and New Mexico.

The Department of Homeland Security issued waivers to environmental laws last week to build and replace 11 miles of barriers near Yuma, Arizona.

An additional 46 miles of barriers will also be built and replaced near Columbus, New Mexico.

The barriers are being funded by the Department of Defense following President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration in February.

Last month, the federal government announced it had awarded contracts of nearly $1 billion to replace short barriers with tall fences in those areas.

The southern border has seen an influx of immigrants over the last several months and officials say they expect to make up to a million arrests by the end of the year.

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