Department of Defense approves program to replace border fencing in Tucson area

Department of Defense approves program to replace border fencing in Tucson area
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TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The Tucson area will be getting miles of replacement border fencing.

On Friday, May 10, acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan approved a plan to spend $1.5 billion to replace 78.2 miles of fencing in and around the Tucson area as well as El Centro, Texas.

The DoD said the money used will not impact military preparedness or soldier benefits.

"The funds were drawn from a variety of sources, including cost savings, programmatic changes and revised requirements" Department of Defense Spokesperson Tom Crosson said in a news release.

The move comes as the humanitarian crisis on the border grows.

Recently, lawmakers have crafted a bipartisan bill aimed at addressing the influx of migrants.

It’s called the HUMANE Act, and it focuses on addressing humanitarian issues for people crossing the border.

The measure will keep families together, call for more Homeland Security personnel and create more processing centers where needed.

On Tuesday, May 7, Border Patrol talked with KOLD News 13 about its rescue operations and warned about the dangers of cross the border as temperatures rise.

The Air Marine Operations told us they do about 15-30 rescues a year. Each rescue can take one to two patients. With large caravans heading to the border, the resources could be stretched.

Read more about that HERE.

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