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 CoonsThe United States broken patent system is getting worse Biden faces scrutiny for his age from other Democrats Democrats press FBI for details on Kavanaugh investigation 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 PelosiPelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Is there internet life after thirty? Pelosi says Dems 'have to be ready to throw a punch — for the children' in 2020 MORE's (D-Calif.) stance that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future 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 GrahamWhite House won't move forward with billions in foreign aid cuts GOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads Cindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death 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.