Donald Trump makes case for border wall to tackle 'humanitarian crisis'

Donald Trump makes case for border wall to tackle 'humanitarian crisis'

He accused the Democrats of being defenders of open borders.

With the partial government shutdown going on for over a fortnight now, there is increasing panic in the two camps and both sides are trying to reach out to Americans to explain their position on the stalemate. Just 5% think Republicans are to blame, while 33% point to Democrats.

It was Mr Trump's first official address from the Oval Office.

"The federal government remains shut down for one reason, and one reason only, because Democrats will not fund border security". Mr Trump described the situation at the border as a "growing crisis" hurting millions of Americans. He suggested the issue could be resolved in a quick meeting, and that he has invited leaders in Congress to talks Wednesday. "All personalities, incidents, events, locations and facts were pulled directly from the president's a**". With Trump and the Democrats holding their ground, there's no telling when it'll end.

The 2013 Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act had money to double the number of miles of fencing, to 1,126 km, as well as for more border patrol agents.

"How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?" he added.

Trump may hope he can get his wall by other means than compromise; Democrats may think they can crush Trump right at the start of a new Congress.

Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer reiterated their position: Sign legislation to end the shutdown, then negotiate over border security.

They say he is using false claims and manufacturing a crisis to carry out his 2016 presidential campaign promise for a wall that he said at the time would be paid for by Mexico.

"President Trump has appealed to fear, not facts".

Those numbers mean a person's odds of becoming a victim of homicide in tightly packed, diverse New York City were about the same as they were a year ago in Montana.

He concluded: "The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a 30-foot wall".

In a 2018 report, the agency said the most common trafficking technique by transnational criminal organizations is to hide drugs in passenger vehicles or tractor-trailers as they drive into the USA though entry ports, where they are stopped and subject to inspection.

Alan Jacobs says when it comes to Donald Trump people for and against his Presidency probably already had their minds up before he made his address. The first was the American public, which polls indicate are generally uninterested in his border wall proposal and view the president as responsible for the government shutdown. But in the most recent test, it did not work. It's just not clear what good it will do him.

The number of illegal border crossings is down from 1.6 million in 2000 to fewer than 400,000 a year ago. "They could have aired a rerun of American Ninja Warrior and it would have been more nuanced, patriotic, and reassuring than that", he said. But recent years have seen an uptick in asylum seekers fleeing Honduras and other Central American countries and arriving at the USA border. Trump plans a personal visit to the Mexican border on Thursday as he tries to put pressure on newly empowered Democrats in the shutdown standoff.

Her fellow Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Cory Gardner of Colorado, issued similar appeals last week.

But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump's speech was a rehash of spurious arguments and misleading statistics.

What would an emergency declaration achieve?

Hours before Trump's address, White House senior advisor Kellyanne Conway said that no decision has been made with regard to declaring a national emergency. Such a move would likely be met with a court challenge.