According to the Head of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), President Trump has not only maintained border security as a “top priority” throughout the crisis, but has in fact sped up production on the southern border wall during this time.
“This pandemic has not slowed the construction of the border wall system. In fact, we’re increasing the pace of construction,” Acting CBP Commissioner Mark 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.”
Morgan says that the wall now measures at 182 miles as the Trump admin pushes to meet its goal of 450 miles by the end of 2020.
“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,” Morgain said.
The construction of the wall certainly has not come without controversy as “open border” Democrats have fought President Trump on it adamantly.
Just Last month, dozens of House and Senate Democrats wrote to the administration urging it to halt all border wall construction.
“Money that should be invested in health care, small businesses and fighting the spread of COVID-19 is instead being used to build an ineffective and wasteful border wall that does not solve our immigration crisis or protect our homeland,” the lawmakers wrote.
The statement continued, “We should be using all resources and funding to combat this virus and protect Americans, instead of using critical funding and resources to continue the construction of a border wall.”
As the Democrats urge the president to simply abandon our border, Trump has refused and it will pay dividends for years to come. The CBP has said that the wall will help prevent the spread future COVID-19- like diseases in our country.
“The border wall system is and will remain a top priority. It is an integral tool [that] improves CBP’s operational capacity with every mile of steel put into the ground to effectively impede and deny who and what is coming through our borders that may cause harm to our nation’s citizens, including infectious diseases like COVID-19,” Morgan said.
He later stressed the added health risk to agents, doctors and the public, saying the wall is a “necessary tool in our toolbox” in fighting back against the coronavirus.
“CBP has dealt with a variety of infectious disease threats in the past and it is undeniably a health security and national security matter,” he said. “The border wall system has helped us stem the spread of COVID-19.”
President Trump is doing so much more than just the construction of the wall, however. His administration is currently preparing an order to extend already in place border restrictions indefinitely.
The order would remain in place until CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield declares the virus is no longer a significant threat to the public.
“I am extending the duration of the order until I determine that the danger of further introduction of Covid-19 into the United States has ceased to be a danger to the public health,” a copy of the draft order reads.
The border restrictions also do not permit anyone to enter the country if they do not have proper documentation — meaning illegal aliens will not be accepted if they reach the U.S. border. This provision in particular has resulted in a rapid return of illegal entrants and a steep drop in illegal border crossings altogether.