More than 90 Democrats in Congress are demanding the Trump administration halt U.S-Mexico border wall construction during the CCP Virus (coronavirus) crisis, citing the threat of the pandemic.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), along with 24 other Senate Democrats and 66 House Democrats, have sent a letter on Wednesday, April 15, to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, and Attorney General William Barr requesting a halt on border wall construction.
“While our country fights to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, continuing border wall construction places local communities at unnecessary risk,” the Democrats wrote. “We request that during this crisis, all border wall construction halt immediately.”
“Money should be invested in healthcare, small businesses, and fighting the spread of COVID-19, not used to build an ineffective and wasteful border wall that does not solve our immigration crisis or protect our homeland,” they continued.
The Trump administration has long made it a goal to build 400 to 450 miles before the November elections. By far, 158 miles have been completed, while nearly 200 miles are under construction and 403 miles are in the pre-construction phase, according to Border Patrol chief Rodney Scott.
Border Wall System update:
158 miles completed
192 miles under construction
403 miles in pre-construction pic.twitter.com/cm5zygS9jg
— Chief Rodney Scott (@USBPChief) April 13, 2020
“The wall is continuing to be built! Construction teams are self-contained and are continuing to work,” Ken Cuccinelli, the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security said earlier this month while stressing that the agency is taking precautions against the CCP Virus.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Wednesday issued an environmental waiver allowing for the “expeditious construction” of roughly 15 miles of border wall in the Rio Grande Valley Sector in Texas.
Meanwhile, Democrats, who advocate an open border agenda, are planning to give cash payments to immigrants living illegally in the country amid the coronavirus crisis. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Wednesday a plan that would use $75 million of taxpayers money and $50 million of charitable donations to help illegal aliens weather the virus crisis.