Though much of the country remains locked down for the current health crisis, one construction project continues at a rapid clip.
According to Fox News, work on the nation’s southern border has sped up, as it’s still a “top priority” for the Trump Administration.
Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan clarified — the epidemic hasn’t impeded construction:
This pandemic has not slowed the construction of the border wall system. In fact, we’re increasing the pace of construction.
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 added that so far, 182 miles of wall have been erected. The goal is to hit 450 miles before 2020 is over.
Why It’s Important:
It’s clear that the current administration believes a strong border is paramount to the country’s health and stability.
Trump’s team has battled Congress in the courts for funding, and even though it continues to be a struggle, the wall project keeps moving.
Workers completed the 100th mile in January and passed 150 miles in April. And as Morgan said, it’s “full steam ahead on construction.”
Furthermore, he reminded us that the wall isn’t merely a physical barrier. It’s about much more:
Keep in mind that a comprehensive border wall system is not just a physical structure, but it also includes more roads for Border Patrol enforcement, and ever-evolving technology like cameras and sensors — equipment that is vital for confronting the unique and diverse threats we face, including pandemics.
Democrats may argue that a border wall shouldn’t be a priority right now, but the President believes otherwise.
Many border officials like Morgan believe it as well: if we are practicing “distancing” to combat a health crisis, it only makes sense to extend that distancing to the border.
That is their view, though it remains subject to much debate.
- Border wall construction has actually increased during the health epidemic
- The Trump administration reinforced its goal of hitting 450 miles of new wall before the year is out
- The President and border officials believe a strong barrier is a benefit to both Border Patrol enforcement and the stability of the country
Source: Fox News