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Trump uses televised address to try to create a border crisis

Trump uses televised address to try to create a border crisis

Mr Trump had spent days mulling declaring a state of emergency along the border that would have given him powers to bypass Congress, which has so far refused to fund the wall project, and draw funds from the military to build the border barrier.

There's growing concern about the toll the shutdown is taking on everyday Americans, including disruptions in payments to farmers and trouble for home buyers who are seeking government-backed mortgage loans - "serious stuff", according to Sen.

Over the course of the nine minute speech, Trump claimed that the ongoing government shutdown is the result of Democrats' unwillingness to fund border security and accused the party of refusing to "acknowledge the crisis" and provide border agents with the tools they need.

Pressure will ramp up in the coming days as numerous 800,000 federal workers impacted miss out on a pay cheque for the first time since the shutdown begun.

"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.

Tuesday night, speaking to the nation from the Oval Office for the first time, Trump argued that the wall was needed to resolve a security and humanitarian "crisis".

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 a private meeting with House Republicans, Vice President Mike Pence cited a C.S. Lewis quote calling courage a virtue, and he said Trump has no plans to retreat. He blamed illegal immigration for what he said was a scourge of drugs and violence in the USA and asked: "How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?"

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Construction on the $6.2 billion pipeline from Dawson Creek to Kitimat was scheduled to begin this month. Supreme Court in mid-December. "We're starting off 2019 with a bang", he said to cheers and applause.

"As for the trade deal he mentioned with Mexico, which he said would pay for the wall, that trade deal is not yet complete".

Trump, though, is expecting his new persona of a self-possessed politician turning attention to the drug problem and minorities' loss of jobs due illegal immigration would sway voters to call their legislators to support the wall. An aggregation of recent polling on the issue found that 50% of Americans directly blame Trump for the shutdown, compared to just 35% who directly blame the Democrats.

Both sides see little political downside to standing firm.

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.

"They don't build walls because they hate the people on the outside, but because they love the people on the inside". "This is a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul".

The wall was the first major promise of Mr. Trump's presidential campaign, and a rallying cry for his supporters.

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


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