Trump demands USA border wall, sidesteps declaring emergency

Trump demands USA border wall, sidesteps declaring emergency

That's what we got today on the Donald Trump parallel reality prime time show from the Oval Office as the USA president exploited his powerful office to reel off a litany of scare stories about illegal immigration and a non-existent "humanitarian crisis" at the United States border while 800,000 federal government workers are working without pay since 22 December previous year because of the ongoing shutdown over Trump's tantrum over getting his $5.7 billion for a border wall. 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.

"Some have suggested a barrier is immoral. The only thing that is immoral is the politicians to do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimised", Trump said.

"Now that the television networks have made a decision to air the President's address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime", their statement read.

He concluded: "The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a 30-foot wall". "But all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration".

In a 2018 report, the agency said the most common trafficking technique by transnational criminal organizations is to hide drugs in passenger vehicles or tractor-trailers as they drive into the US though entry ports, where they are stopped and subject to inspection. The trade pact contains no provision for Mexico to pay for the wall.

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.

It would also be certain to be challenged in court, likely turning into a long legal battle without an immediate victor.

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.

Ms Pelosi noted that Mr Trump had rejected bipartisan legislation to reopen the government agencies shuttered as a result of the fight over the wall. How and when did the conditions at the border reach the point of becoming a humanitarian and national security crisis such that they demanded a nationally televised address and maybe a national emergency? Schumer himself admitted last week that "a fence works" but claimed that "a concrete wall is expensive and it doesn't work".

With Trump heading to the border on Thursday, few saw a speedy path to resolution for the partial shutdown, which has furloughed 380,000 federal workers and forced an additional 420,000 to work without pay.

And on Tuesday Rep. Mac Thornberry of Georgia, the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, came out against the idea of reprogramming Pentagon funds to build the wall, saying he was 'opposed to using defense dollars for non-defense purposes'. Almost half the GOP Senate caucus is up for re-election next year, putting added pressure on them to get the shutdown over with.

The President had an ally in Senator for Georgia David Perdue who tweeted that Mr Trump "showed leadership" by speaking directly to the American people.

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. Ninety per cent of which floods across from our southern border. But recent years have seen an uptick in asylum seekers fleeing Honduras and other Central American countries and arriving at the USA border. The Trump administration's claims that there is some sort of terrorism risk from the border have been debunked.

"There is a crisis, but it's not one of terror".

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