Dem senator: Border wall itself is not 'immoral'

Dem senator: Border wall itself is not 'immoral'
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Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsTrump got in Dem’s face over abortion at private meeting: report Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Actor Chris Evans meets with Democratic senators before State of the Union MORE (D-Del.) said Sunday that he does not believe a wall along the southern border is "immoral," and argued that Democrats and Republicans should be able to find common ground on border security.

Coons was asked on "Fox News Sunday" whether he agrees with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOn The Money: Senate Dems to introduce resolution blocking Trump emergency declaration | Banks made billion in extra profits thanks to GOP tax law | IRS analyst charged with leaking Cohen's financial records Coast Guard lieutenant accused of planning domestic terrorism denied bail Inviting Kim Jong Un to Washington MORE's (D-Calif.) stance that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is "an immorality between countries" that does not warrant funding.

"I agree with the advice that [Sen.] Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamActing Defense chief calls Graham an 'ally' after tense exchange Five takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump FBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it MORE [R-S.C.] just gave to President Trump, which is that he should reopen the government and that we should spend several weeks negotiating over what we can all agree on," Coons said.

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"I personally don’t think a border wall is in and of itself immoral," he added.

However, Coons argued that the Trump administration's immigration policies that have led to the separation of migrant families and detainment of migrant children are "immoral."

Trump's demand for more than $5 billion in funding for the wall along the southern border has been at the heart of a partial government shutdown that has lasted more than three weeks. Democrats have refused to agree to money for the structure.

Democratic lawmakers have insisted that a wall would be ineffective at deterring illegal immigration, and that the money would be better spent on other border security measures. Some lawmakers have also said the structure does not represent American values.

Trump has responded to the latter argument by noting that the Vatican has a wall.