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 Hill's Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Reid Wilson says political winners are governors who listened to scientists and public health experts; 12 states record new highs for seven-day case averages Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats Democrats, voting rights groups pressure Senate to approve mail-in voting resources 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 PelosiSupreme Court rulings reignite Trump oversight wars in Congress Pelosi on Baltimore's Columbus statue: 'If the community doesn't want the statue, the statue shouldn't be there' Pelosi says House won't cave to Senate on worker COVID-19 protections MORE's (D-Calif.) stance that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump on Kanye West's presidential run: 'He is always going to be for us' Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Trump says Biden has been 'brainwashed': 'He's been taken over by the radical left' 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 GrahamLincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools Democrats awash with cash in battle for Senate 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.