The Pentagon has awarded nearly $1 billion in contracts to build a barrier along the U.S. southern border.

The Hill reports: Texas-based company SLSCO Ltd. was granted a $789 million contract for construction in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, which falls within the El Paso sector of the border. The Army Corps of Engineers also awarded Montana-based Barnard Construction Co. $187 million to build barriers in Yuma, Arizona.

A DOD spokesman told the Hill that the El Paso contract would help pay for “30-foot bollard fencing and a five-foot anti-climb plate” and the Yuma contract would build “18-foot bollard fencing and a five-foot anti-climb plate.”

This marks the first time the Department of Defense has doled out funds since President Trump declared a national emergency in February.

“The funds for the contracts come from the nearly $1 billion that was repurposed from Army personnel accounts to help supplement the 284 counter-drug account that authorizes border barrier construction. The money is separate from the $3.6 billion in military construction funds that the national emergency also reprogrammed for the wall,” writes the Hill.

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