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The latest move was opposed by congressional Democrats, who also criticised a March transfer of US$1 billion in military money to fund the wall.
The states filed a lawsuit in February after Trump declared a national emergency to help build a border wall.
Donald Trump threatened to close the US southern border if Mexico did not halt illegal immigration immediately,
The border wall plan was approved by the Malaysian and Thai governments last year.
The Department of Homeland Security asked the Pentagon to build 92 km of fencing to support Trump's emergency declaration.
Congress is unlikely to muster the votes to override the president's veto, a fact that left White House officials confident despite disappointment that it passed the Republican-controlled Senate at all.
The demand is more than 6 times what Congress allocated for border projects in each of the past 2 fiscal years.
As the US president battles with Congress over funding for a border wall to stem the tide of immigrants from Central America, disturbing incidents linked to the use of Spanish are on the rise.
Border official says that the prototypes have no further use and demolition is a cheaper option.
Trump's move to redirect funds to build his promised border wall has been challenged with lawsuits.
While Democrats have expressed the desire to get started on their policy agenda, they have also been eager to act as a check on Trump.
The US president declared a national emergency last week in order to take money Congress had appropriated for other activities and use it to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.
The lawsuit says the president's order is contrary to the Presentment Clause that outlines legislative procedures and the Appropriations Clause.
Trump invoked emergency powers after Congress rebuffed his request to build the wall that was his signature 2016 campaign promise.
The president invokes a 'national emergency' to justify tapping military and other funds for barrier construction.
The defence secretary has yet to decide whether the wall is militarily necessary before money from the military construction budget can be used.
The move is a clear-as-day message to Trump's right-wing base that he is trying to deliver on a key election promise.
At 9pm EST (0200 GMT Wednesday) before a joint session of Congress, Trump likely will stir contention with remarks on immigration policy.
The longest shutdown in US history ended on Friday when President Donald Trump and Congress agreed to temporary government funding.
Trump's decision came as opinion polls showed his job approval rating falling to some of the lowest levels of his tenure.
Trump agreed to a deal hastily negotiated by lawmakers after the 35-day shutdown began to seriously impact air travel.
Trump's proposal to end the 29-day partial shutdown of the US government appeared dead on arrival, with the top Democrat in Congress rejecting the proposal.
Mulvaney said Trump was considering accepting funding to build a steel fence, despite his campaign promise that the wall be built of concrete.
The vice president describes the meeting, at his ceremonial office across the street from the White House, as a “productive discussion.”
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