Democrats demand TV rebuttal time to Trump's Tuesday address

Trump Quotes Obama Clinton ‘Build a Barrier’ to Fight Illegal Immigration		6 Jan 2019Washington DC

Trump Quotes Obama Clinton ‘Build a Barrier’ to Fight Illegal Immigration 6 Jan 2019Washington DC

The president previously said he would be "proud" to shut down the government over the issue of border security. But he says Trump isn't budging on his demand for billions for his border wall. He wants $5 billion for part of a border wall. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who has said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., should take up funding bills from the Democrat-led House.

Trump is demanding that any funding to keep the federal government operational also include money to help build a $23 billion wall along the United States border with Mexico.

With Trump, there were other factors to consider, including his record of deception and his tendency to ramble off script in long speeches.

Trump has tried to link terrorism to illegal immigration, without providing evidence, as justification for the plan. There were almost 400,000 apprehensions at the border in the 2018 fiscal year, well down from the early 2000s when arrests regularly topped one million annually.

The White House warned again that the shutdown could last for some time while suggesting that the offer of a steel barrier was an olive branch to Democrats.

But the four living ex-presidents do not back him up on this claim.

The Democratic leaders called for Trump and Republicans to help re-open the government before a debate on funding Trump's wall - not after. While the number of illegal border crossings is down from 1.6 million in 2000 to less than 400,000 previous year, the number of families coming over the border has risen sharply. At the same time, the number of arrests of people crossing illegally from Mexico has been been falling since the early 2000s. Why would they care? "How about he says, 'the wall is being built" and there's no wall.

All the major US television networks agreed to air Trump's speech, prompting Democrats, who say a wall would be expensive, inefficient and immoral, to seek equal time.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has flatly rejected providing any funding for a border wall to resolve the stalemate.

The minority party is usually granted time after major addressed such as a state of the union speech, though reactions to short presidential addresses to the nation are usually less structured. Joe Manchin told CNN.

"The president's position is: There is a crisis at the southern border, and Democrats are refusing to negotiate", Pence said, urging the Democrats to return to the negotiating table for a solution to end the ongoing partial government shutdown.

"Maybe he thinks he can bully us".

Trump will continue pressing his case for the wall with a trip to the border on Thursday. They see it as immoral and ineffective and prefer other types of border security funded at already agreed-upon levels.

"That's more than 2,000 a day", Pence said.

"I have not discussed the border wall with President Trump, and do not support him on the issue", Carter said in the statement. First lady Melania Trump also visited a shelter for migrant children in McAllen in June.

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