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

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"Every week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 per cent of which floods across from our southern border". The same is true of drugs generally. In each case, the report said the vast majority of the drugs comes in through existing points of entry, most commonly in cars, which would not be stopped by a border wall.

Media captionFive questions about Trump's border wall What did President Trump say? What followed, however, was much of the racist and xenophobic rhetoric we've heard from Trump for the past three and a half years-including the false claims that undocumented immigrants as a whole are risky to the United States and that the only solution to questions over our border security is a $5 billion wall.

THE FACTS: That's not true. They just won't fund it the way he wants. However, he claimed that the leader may make a strong case for the Congress to fund the construction of a steel barrier along the southern border.

Senate Democrats have approved similar funding year after year.

However, 77% of Republicans said they supported his refusal to approve a budget without taxpayer dollars for the US-Mexico border wall, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Trump Addresses AmericaPresident Trump makes his case for a $5.7 billion wall between the USA and Mexico.

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. In exchange, however, the bill allowed immigrants living in the country illegally to apply for a provisional legal status if they paid a $500 fine and had no felony convictions. He accused the Democrats of being defenders of open borders. But that legislation didn't authorize the kind of wall Trump has always been advocating since he launched his campaign.

But in his first TV address to the nation from the Oval Office, Mr Trump did not declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and build the barrier.

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THE FACTS: That's one way to look at it. But it takes two sides to shut down the government. Everyday, custom officers and border patrol agents encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country.

Addressing the nation from the Oval Office for the first time, Trump argued for spending some $5.7 billion for a border wall on both security and humanitarian grounds as he sought to put pressure on newly empowered Democrats amid the extended shutdown. New York City, for example, has the nation's largest population of immigrants living in the country illegally - about 500,000 - and a year ago had only 289 murders among a total population of 8.5 million people, according to preliminary data. "Division, not unity", the NY senator said.

And Ruben Rumbaut, a University of California, Irvine sociology professor, co-authored a recent study that noted crime rates fell sharply from 1990 to 2015 at a time when illegal immigration spiked. Previous meetings have led to no agreement.

"There is a crisis that the president and his administration have created, and it's a humanitarian crisis of the people at the southern border whom are seeking asylum". Two sick children recently died in the administration's custody after making the journey to the U.S. "Hopefully, we can rise above partisan politics in order to support national security", he said.

Just a couple days later, Trump repeated the same notion.

The number of illegal border crossings is down from 1.6 million in 2000 to fewer than 400,000 a year ago. But recent years have seen an uptick in asylum seekers fleeing Honduras and other Central American countries and arriving at the USA border.

Mr Trump's remarks made Democrats' evening easier.

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