"The president continues to say things that are simply not true, and unfortunately, he has been able to get away with some of these things".
President Trump addressed the country across broadcast and cable channels on Tuesday, in a short Oval Office speech that drew extensive scrutiny of broadcast and cable networks and whether they were merely giving him free airtime to make unchallenged claims of a border security crisis.
Top Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer responded, accusing Trump of appealing to "fear, not facts". 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?"
In fact, a study by the libertarian Cato Institute past year found that crime rates among immigrants in Texas - both legal and unauthorized - were lower than those among native-born Americans. He talked about drug crossings at the border but government statistics show that much of the heroin actually comes not from over the unguarded border, but through ports of call. "That promise is long broken, because Mexico is not going to pay for it".
Mr Trump has asserted that he has the authority to build a wall without congressional approval if he declares a national emergency, but the White House hasn't explained the legal justification. Such a move would likely be met with a court challenge.
In a bid to convince Americans to support his demand for a $5.7 billion wall on the southern border, US President Donald Trump cited the murder of Indian-origin policeman Ronil Ron Singh, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop on December 26 allegedly by an illegal immigrant. Almost two dozen furloughed government employees appeared alongside Democratic leaders at a news conference on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., where they were asked by a reporter to raise their hand if they supported the president's position and want to see a wall built. The president alleged that the Democrats in Congress had failed to acknowledge the crisis and refused to provide the border agents with the tools they desperately need to protect families and the nation.More news: Healthcare boss resigns after coma patient gives birth
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"They don't build walls because they hate the people on the outside, but because they love the people on the inside". But the party now uniformly opposes the wall. Almost half the GOP Senate caucus is up for re-election next year, putting added pressure on them to get the shutdown over with.
On the 18th day of a partial government shutdown over the wall funding, Mr Trump called on newly empowered Democrats to meet with him, saying it was "immoral" for "politicians to do nothing".
Did Trump's Oval Office address on Tuesday change any minds?
The number of people arrested trying to cross the border has dropped 75 per cent since its high in 2000. But she said there was "no way" the shutdown fight would drag on for years as Trump warned last week.
"There is a crisis, but it's not one of terror".
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