The construction of the border wall between the United States and Mexico has not been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan.
Last month, a large number of House and Senate Democrats wrote to President Trump urging him to use "all resources and funding to combat this virus and protect Americans" rather than spend it on building an "ineffective" border wall.
Morgan says rather than heed their advice, the administration has increased the speed of construction, regarding the wall as a top priority in protecting the country.
"This pandemic has not slowed the construction of the border wall system. In fact, we're increasing the pace of construction," Morgan said. "COVID-19 should be a wake-up call for all Americans that border security is national security. Preventing and slowing down the introduction of a deadly virus into the U.S. from outside our borders is exactly why border security matters, and why the wall matters."
A little more than 180 miles of the 450-mile goal laid out by the president for the end of the year have been completed. Morgan confirmed the administration is "full steam ahead" on its construction.
"Border security is national security and the border wall system is a priority in protecting the American people. We've been consistent about our need for a wall, and we are full steam ahead on its construction," he said.