Donald Trump’s speech on U.S.-Mexico border wall funding

Lewis Collier
January 9, 2019

Bar patrons in California to pedestrians on the street in NY flocked to the television to listen to Trump stop short of declaring a national emergency on America's southern border. It also had a mandatory employment verification system to ensure all USA employees are authorized to work in the country.

Trump said in his speech that there is a "growing humanitarian and security crisis" at the southern border, although crossings have fallen in recent years. However, we sharply disagree with the President about the most effective way to do it.

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.

"At the request of Democrats, it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall".

The President's address was the latest in a series of public appearances - including a Cabinet meeting, a statement in the White House briefing room at which he was flanked by border patrol officers, and a news conference last week - in which Mr Trump simply reiterated his demands without offering any concessions.

Trump's address has been received differently among one family who gathered to watch it in South Texas, a short distance from the US-Mexico border. And Senate Democrats have approved similar funding year after year.

"This is a humanitarian crisis - a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul", he said, emphasizing that the federal government "remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security".

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.

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The two sides are scheduled to return to the bargaining table on Wednesday.

In giving a speech from the Oval Office, Trump was drawing on an often-used tactic of communication by his predecessors.

And research indicates that undocumented immigrants are much less likely to commit crime than native-born American citizens. "The life of an American hero was stolen by someone who had no right to be in our country", Trump said. New York City, for example, has the nation's largest population of immigrants living in the country illegally - about 500,000 - and past year had only 289 murders among a total population of 8.5 million people, according to preliminary data. The trade pact contains no provision for Mexico to pay for the wall. There is bipartisan legislation - supported by Democrats and Republicans - to re-open government while allowing debate over border security to continue.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has stated that House Democrats are planning to pass a number of individual appropriation bills in the upcoming week to enable the opening of certain government agencies, such as the IRS and the Treasury Department, without resolving Trump's core demand that led to the shutdown. Two sick children recently died in the administration's custody after making the journey to the U.S.

In a made-for-TV-moment he relishes, the USA president is likely to paint a dire picture of drugs, criminals and terrorists entering the country. Donald Trump is the only person who doesn't agree with that notion.

The number of people arrested trying to cross the border has dropped 75 per cent since its high in 2000.

The back-to-back remarks by Trump and Democratic leaders appeared unlikely to do much to break the logjam that has left large swaths of the government closed. Also noteworthy: The contingent of active-duty USA troops at the border has been more than halved, dropping from a peak in the fall of about 5,900 to about 2,350 last week.

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