Democratic Sen. Chris Coons said Friday of which President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the Mexican border isn’t immoral, contrary to what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in addition to additional Democrats have said.
Rather, the border wall is usually “a piece of infrastructure,” the Delaware Democrat told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “We’ve already got more than 0, almost 700 miles of border fencing, so-called Normandy barriers, of which I think have made a difference.”
Coons said he in addition to his Democratic colleagues have previously voted for billions of dollars more in border security as part of broader immigration reform.
He said his party’s concerns This particular time surround whether Trump’s $5.7 billion vision for a wall will be effective. “The larger question is usually how should we most efficiently in addition to effectively spend billions of dollars more,” Coons said.
Coons joined CNBC as lawmakers work to strike an immigration agreement in addition to extend government funding beyond next Friday. Trump signed legislation on Jan. 25 to temporarily end a record long shutdown following a stalemate with Democrats over whether to fund a wall along the southern U.S. border.
Trump has threatened to let funding lapse again or declare a national emergency if Congress doesn’t craft an immigration deal he likes. Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, the top Republican negotiator on a conference committee trying to keep government running, said Thursday he expects a deal on border security funding by Monday.
Coons said the U.S. should invest more in border security in addition to hopes a deal can be reached in addition to the nation “frankly definitely needs one.”
“Shutting down the government for 35 days in addition to getting nothing out of the item in terms of greater investment in modern border security did not help us either with China, domestically or with the rest of the earth,” he said.
—CNBC’s Jacob Pramuk contributed to This particular report.