Donald Trump addresses the nation

Donald Trump addresses the nation

The same is true of drugs generally. Ninety per cent of which floods across from our southern border.

Mr Trump is backed by most of his party, though on Tuesday moderate Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joined Democrats in calling for an end to the shutdown before the border wall issue was resolved.

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

Seeking to keep up pressure on Trump and the Republicans, Pelosi said the House would begin passing individual bills this week to reopen some federal agencies, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds.

The government has been partly shuttered since December 22, when Mr. Trump announced he would not sign a funding bill that did not contain wall funding.

Mrs Pelosi said: "The fact is: the women and children at the border are not a security threat, they are a humanitarian challenge".

The Republican president wants $5.7bn (£4.5bn) to build a steel barrier, which would deliver on his signature campaign pledge, but Democrats are adamantly opposed to giving him the funds.

Floodlights from the United States illuminate multiple border walls on January 7, 2019, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico. Disputes over wall funding are at the heart of an ongoing partial shutdown of the US federal government.

The fact is: President Trump has chosen to hold hostage critical services for the health, safety and well-being of the American people and withhold the paychecks of 800,000 innocent workers across the nation - many of them veterans. He covers USA politics and current affairs.

In fact, a study by the libertarian Cato Institute previous year found that crime rates among immigrants in Texas - both legal and unauthorized - were lower than those among native-born Americans.

In 2006, senators Chuck Schumer, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden voted in favour of 700 miles (1,120km) of fencing on the almost 2,000-mile border under the Secure Fence Act. But that legislation didn't authorize the kind of wall Trump has always been advocating since he launched his campaign.




President Trump announced the speech on Monday afternoon, stating on Twitter: "I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border".

Democrats have vowed to block funding for a wall, which they say would be immoral and ineffective, and have called on Trump to reopen shuttered portions of the government while border negotiations continue. That's because the federal government has been partially shutdown for over two weeks.

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"Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country and thousands more lives will be lost if we don't act right now", Trump said.

He went on to mention more crimes committed by illegal immigrants as he tried to drive home his point.

A March study by the journal Criminology found "undocumented immigration does not increase violence".

US President Donald Trump wants the Democrats to approve funding for a wall to end a government shutdown. If Robert Mueller's playing chess, the prosecutors in NY may be his queen. 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 in Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota. But because they love the people on the inside. However, we sharply disagree with the President about the most effective way to do it.

Mr Trump will make his case in his first speech from the Oval Office at 21:00EST (0200 GMT Wednesday), ahead of a trip to the border on Thursday.

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. For example, he has said the deal will dissuade some USA companies from moving operations to Mexico and he credits that possibility as a payment by Mexico for his wall.

The President also repeated an assertion that the wall will be paid for by Mexico through the new U.S. -Mexico-Canada Agreement. There wasn't anything new, Trump is circling back the same old horror stories he's been saying all week and telling his cronies to spout, so what was the big deal?

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