Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer look like ‘disappointed’ parents during Donald Trump rebuttal

Ruben Ruiz
January 9, 2019

The Republican president's push for a massive barrier on the border has dominated the Washington debate and sparked a political blame game as both Trump and Democrats remain dug in.

Democrats, newly in control of the House of Representatives, have said they will not allocate any money toward the wall, which remains a popular concept within Trump's base but has little support from the broader American public.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats, who took control of the chamber last week, plan to advance a bill to immediately reopen the Treasury Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission and several other agencies that have been partially shut down since December 22. Migrant border crossings, for example, are on the decline-not increasing, as Trump claimed-and the majority of opioids entering the country arrive by mail from China, not illegally through the southern border, as Trump suggested.

The President made a prime-time televised address ahead of a visit the border later this week - as the government marked its 18th day of a partial shutdown.

The partial shutdown started on December 22 when funding for many federal agencies expired and the US president refused to sign any spending measure from the Congress that did not include United States dollars 5 billion for his US-Mexico border wall.

Democrats passed legislation the day they took control of the House that offered $1.3 billion for border security, including physical barriers and technology along the USA southern border. 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.

The shutdown is the third under Trump's watch and the longest since 1995.

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Hoping to demonstrate flexibility during his almost 10-minute speech from the White House Oval Office, 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".

As well, a study in 2017 by Robert Adelman, a sociology professor at University of Buffalo, analyzed 40 years of crime data in 200 metropolitan areas and found that immigrants helped lower crime. "Division, not unity", the NY senator said.

The President also repeated an assertion that the wall will be paid for by Mexico through the new U.S. -Mexico-Canada Agreement. For example, he has said the deal will dissuade some USA companies from moving operations to Mexico and he credits that possibility as a payment by Mexico for his wall.

Moreover, it's not in effect.

"The fact is, the women and children at the border are not a security threat, they are a humanitarian challenge - a challenge that President Trump's own cruel and counterproductive policies have only deepened", Pelosi said.

The cost of US President Donald Trump's border wall that has caused a three-week shut-down of the federal government would amount to just 0.11 per cent of its annual spending, according to reports. Whether he is right or wrong, Trump has exaggerated the problem by repeatedly promoting the discredited notion that terrorism suspects are pouring into the USA from Mexico by the thousands. "We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country".

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

Other reports by GizPress

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