Trump demands USA border wall, sidesteps declaring emergency

A section of the reinforced US — Mexico border fence on the Otay Mesa area San Diego County as seen from Tijuana in Baja California state Mexico

Pelosi said this afternoon in a rebuttal to President Donald Trump's Oval Office address that "we all agree that we need to secure our borders".

Trump's insistence on $5 billion in funding for the wall lies at the center of the current partial government shutdown, which is entering its third week.

With his use of a formal White House speech instead of his favored Twitter blasts, Trump embraced the ceremonial trappings of his office as he tries to exit a political quagmire of his own making.

Pelosi and Schumer say in the statement that Trump has "the power to stop hurting the country" by ending the shutdown. He asserted that "the only thing that is immoral is the politicians to do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimised".

Democratic leaders on Tuesday rejected the President's demands, and accused him of unfairly targeting asylum-seekers.

Mr Schumer said Trump "just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration".

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

Multiple studies from social scientists and the libertarian think-tank Cato Institute have found that people here illegally are less likely to commit crime than USA citizens, and legal immigrants are even less likely to do so.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says "only a small percentage" of heroin seized by USA authorities comes across on territory between ports of entry.

THE FACTS: Mexico is not paying for the wall despite what Trump promised during the 2016 campaign, and nothing in the trade agreement would cover or refund the construction cost.

President Donald Trump made a somber televised plea for border wall funding Tuesday night, seeking an edge in his shutdown battle with congressional Democrats as he declared there is "a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul".

The partial shutdown started on December 22 when funding for many federal agencies expired and the US president refused to sign any spending measure from the Congress that did not include Dollars 5 billion for his US-Mexico border wall.

Amid his talk of crisis, Mr Trump is considering declaring the border situation a national emergency, which could get him out of an impasse by enabling him to bypass Congress' mandate to approve federal spending and to build the wall without its approval. But the party now uniformly opposes the wall. A Politico poll found that 47% of voters blame Trump, not Democrats, for the shutdown. Almost half the GOP Senate caucus is up for re-election next year, putting added pressure on them to get the shutdown over with.

Democrats are sticking to their offer in legislation which they passed the day they took control of the House, which offers $1.3bn for border security.

The wall was the first major promise of Mr. Trump's presidential campaign, and a rallying cry for his supporters. Ninety per cent of which floods across from our southern border.

The ripple effects are endless: Amidst all the talk about protecting USA borders, a large number of TSA agents are calling in sick due to working without pay, increasing safety risks in airports nationwide. But that legislation didn't authorize the kind of wall Trump has always been advocating since he launched his campaign.

"There is a crisis, but it's not one of terror".

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