Trump to address Americans amid fears of national emergency

US President Donald Trump paints the Mexico border as an open gate for criminals including rapists terrorists people with dangerous diseases and phony asylum seekers

Trump Reportedly Trying to End Shutdown Without Looking Weak

But Trump has not budged on his demands for $5.7 billion in wall funding, and Democrats have not moved from their opposition, while many Republicans watch anxiously from the sidelines. Many officials and workers are now openly criticizing the President for holding them hostage in a fight they have nothing to do with.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a tweet that Mr Trump would use his visit to the border on Thursday to "meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis".

Donald Trump, the President of the United States, in his first ever prime time address to Americans over the ongoing partial government shutdown termed the US-Mexico border situation a "growing crisis" and said "a barrier is absolutely critical to border security".

Democrats have not requested a steel barrier.

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.

While its repercussions ripple across the country, Mr Trump has also threatened to bypass Congress and invoke emergency powers to build the wall along half the 2,000-mile (3,100km) border.

Journal is reporting that Trump is looking for ways to end the shutdown without it looking like the Democrats won.

"The women and children at the border are not a security threat", Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a televised rebuttal, as she accused Mr. Trump of "manufacturing a crisis". Some say Trump's hardline policies are slowing processing for migrants, creating an overwhelming bottleneck at the border.

Mr Schumer was harsher in his criticism, accusing Mr Trump of throwing a temper tantrum and using millions of Americans as leverage.

Major print publications like The New York Times and The Washington Post did live updates that included fact-checking, while The Daily Beast handed over its Twitter account to reporters who cover law enforcement and national security.

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Hoping to demonstrate flexibility during his almost 10-minute speech from the White House Oval Office, Mr Trump said of the border barrier he wants built: "At the request of the Democrats it will be a steel barrier and not a concrete wall".

"The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a thirty-foot wall".

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.

The major television networks and some cable television news stations will air President Donald Trump's speech to the nation live on January 8.

Research also indicates that undocumented immigrants are much less likely to commit crime than native-born American citizens.

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.

Betting site was offering odds for wagers on whether Trump would lie during his speech, declare a national emergency or end the shutdown by January 18. But even if blocked, Mr Trump could claim to his base that he had done what he could, while ending the damaging government shutdown.

Such a dramatic escalation of the standoff might allow him to access military spending to fund his barrier, which remains un-built two years into his presidency.

Some correspondents have speculated that he may ultimately resort to such a declaration as a last-ditch tactic to allow him to reopen the government without losing face to Democrats.

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