President Donald Trump said Monday that the coronavirus hasn't slowed his administration's goal of completing the border wall by next spring.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, updating reporters during the daily press briefing, said 164 miles out of 450 miles of fencing planned along the nearly 2,000-mile Mexican border is on track to be completed by the end of 2020.
"Our contractors are extremely focused,' Semonite said.
Some senate Democrats want to know why the wall on the southern border is still being built during the coronavirus pandemic and amid strict national social distancing guidance.
Semonite said that crews are being administered regular temperature checks and other safety measures.
The ambitious undertaking is funded by billions of defense dollars that had been earmarked for things like military base schools, target ranges and maintenance facilities.
The Army Corps of Engineers last week also announced a $569 million no-bid contract to BFBC, a firm affiliated with Barnard Construction, to build 17.7 miles of the border wall in El Centro and San Diego, California.
The contractor is reportedly getting paid above the average rate to complete the work, drawing criticism from some lawmakers.