Dem senator: Border wall itself is not 'immoral'

Dem senator: Border wall itself is not 'immoral'
© Greg Nash

Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsDemocrats want White House hopefuls to cool it on Biden attacks Senators revive effort to create McCain human rights commission Senate Dem to reintroduce bill with new name after 'My Little Pony' confusion 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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Lawmakers 'failed us' says ICE chief Pelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill MORE's (D-Calif.) stance that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question 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 GrahamTrump puts the cart before the horse in Palestine Negotiators face major obstacles to meeting July border deadline Hillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns 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.