Trump doubles down on push for border wall in televised address

Here’s how Trump’s shutdown hurts millions of Americans who don’t even work for the federal government

Here’s how Trump’s shutdown hurts millions of Americans who don’t even work for the federal government

What followed, however, was much of the racist and xenophobic rhetoric we've heard from Trump for the past three and a half years-including the false claims that undocumented immigrants as a whole are unsafe to the United States and that the only solution to questions over our border security is a $5 billion wall.

Speaking after Trump's address Tuesday, the Kentucky Republican said Trump's plan "simply builds on earlier legislation" that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats supported in the past.

But the President is rejecting these bipartisan bills which would re-open government - over his obsession with forcing American taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on an expensive and ineffective wall - a wall he always promised Mexico would pay for! But recent years have seen an uptick in asylum seekers fleeing Honduras and other Central American countries and arriving at the US border. Majority are Canadians and Europeans.

He also has failed to persuade most Americans that he's right. Native American communities are now using their own funds to cover their healthcare and food pantry expenses since government funding has stopped. Farmers and small businesses won't get loans they desperately need. With Trump and the Democrats holding their ground, there's no telling when it'll end.

Some Democrats have in the past been willing to negotiate some sort of wall funding in exchange for presidential backing of immigration changes that would allow people brought to the US illegally as children receive legal status.

Trump used emotional language, referring to Americans who were killed by people in the country illegally, saying: "I've met with dozens of families whose loved ones were stolen by illegal immigration". It also had a mandatory employment verification system to ensure all USA employees are authorized to work in the country.

In his speech, the President described several murders committed by immigrants, lamented the quantities of heroin arriving from Mexico and claimed that "all Americans are hurt" by migrants coming to work in the U.S. In fact, undocumented immigrants had 50% fewer criminal convictions than native-born Americans.

Although the address wasn't too dissimilar from his previous arguments in favor of a border wall, it came at a critical time for Congress and the nation as a whole.

Pelosi and Schumer also emphasized an obvious fact: On the first day that the 116th Congress was in session, House Democrats, who now hold the majority, passed government spending legislation that was almost identical to what Senate Republicans passed at the tail-end of the 115th Congress.

Trump stretched credulity even more by comparing the wall money he wants from Congress to the cost of the entire drug problem in the U.S.: "The border wall would very quickly pay for itself".

That said, both parties are in agreement on one thing: The government shutdown should end while discussions and debate over what to do about border security continue. Whether he is right or wrong, Trump has exaggerated the problem by repeatedly promoting the discredited notion that terrorism suspects are pouring into the USA from Mexico by the thousands. A Politico poll found that 47% of voters blame Trump, not Democrats, for the shutdown.

Trump accused Democrats of not acknowledging what he calls the "crisis" at the border and says they refuse to support funding for border security and what he calls the "common sense" wall.

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