Acting CBP chief Mark Morgan told reporters on Thursday that the Trump administration has not completed any new sections of border wall since their project began, according to The DailyMail.
“When asked about how many miles of border wall had been constructed where there had previously not been a wall, Morgan that “78 miles of new wall has been built,” the DailyMail reported.
When asked further if there was any wall where there had previously been none, Morgan confirmed that there was “no wall whatsoever” that fir the definition of “new.”
“My response to that is every mile of wall that’s being built is a new mile of wall,” Morgan said, but went on to say that he was referencing where deteriorating wall
“Right now the 78 miles that have been built where there was an existing form of barrier. We just started breaking ground” in the Rio Grande Valley sector, he said, “where we’re building miles of new wall where there has been no structure there at all.”
Acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner Mark Morgan admits 70 miles of 'new' wall is replacing old barriers. pic.twitter.com/oK3TlqbZV4
— Luis Velarde (@luivelarde) November 14, 2019
While the almost 80 miles of border wall has been contentions progress, the president has been pushing for further funding which caused several top Senate Democrats on national security have written a letter, weeks ago castigating President Donald Trump for shifting money meant to ward off Russia toward the proised border wall between the United States and Mexico.
Sens. Bob Menendez (N.J.), Mark Warner (Va.) and Jack Reed (R.I.) the three leading Democrats on the Foreign Relations, Intelligence and Armed Services committees, respectively sent their letter to Trump warning him that they believed his decision to divert the funds would serve to embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Your decision endangers our national security and signals to the Kremlin that the United States is not willing to stand up to its aggression,” the senators wrote.
The Democratic senators added that “instead of sending a signal that could be interpreted by Vladimir Putin as an invitation to further aggression in Europe,” Trump should “support U.S. national security interests and reverse this decision.”
“This diversion of $770 million in EDI funds, in particular, will impact critical projects such a special operations training facilities in Estonia, airfield upgrades in Slovakia, and ammunition storage in Poland,” the letter read. “These cuts signal to the Kremlin that you do not view is interference in Europe as a serious concern and potentially service a green-light for months going to expand their malign activities. Cutting EDI also again raises questions about the United States’ commitment to NATO and to article 5, which has been repeatedly reaffirmed by Congress is a strong by partisan basis. In addition to EDI cut, your $1.3 billion cuts divert in addition 520 million from US operated facility’s in Europe that are vital to support the military family is based there to sustain our missions in the Middle East
“Instead of sending a signal that could be interpreted by Vladimir Putin as an invitation to further aggression in Europe, we strongly urge you to support US national security interest in reverse this decision.”
The letter was signed by senators Menendez Warner and Reed.
Written by Savannah Pointer.