During the Democratic rebuttal delivered following Trump's speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pointed out that much of the "crisis" at the southern border has been manufactured by Trump's administration-and Democrats have largely been the ones scrambling to stop the disaster. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency found that 90 per cent of smuggled heroin went through designated ports of entry such as border crossings, and air or seaports, which means it would not be stopped by a wall.
Mr Trump correctly pointed out that Democrats have in the past supported a physical barrier. Trump, who has long railed against illegal immigration at the border, has recently seized on humanitarian concerns to argue there is a broader crisis that can only be solved with a wall along the US-Mexico border.
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.
Ramirez is a Democrat who opposes a border wall. "Every day customs and border patrol agents encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country", Trump said. And even if it did, it hasn't even been passed by Congress yet. "So how much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job", he said. Democrats controlling the House have agreed to fund only United States dollars 1.3 billion for border security. But it takes two sides to shut down the government.
The bottom line? There wasn't any new information in Trump's first Oval Office address; it was the same old racism and the same old xenophobia.
Some Democrats have in the past been willing to negotiate some sort of wall funding in exchange for presidential backing of immigration changes that would allow people brought to the US illegally as children receive legal status.
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He went on to mention more crimes committed by illegal immigrants as he tried to drive home his point.
Earlier, President Donald Trump made a televised plea for border wall funding, seeking an edge in the shutdown battle with congressional Democrats as he declared there is "a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul".
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. New York City, for example, has the nation's largest population of immigrants living in the country illegally - about 500,000 - and past year had only 289 murders among a total population of 8.5 million people, according to preliminary data. For weeks he has dug in on a signature campaign promise to his base voters, the pledge to build an impregnable "beautiful" wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. Donald Trump is the only person who doesn't agree with that notion.
While the number of families coming over the border has risen sharply, the number of border arrests - the leading gauge of how many people are trying to cross illegally - is actually one-quarter of what it was in 2000, dropping from 1.6 million then to 400,000 in 2018. He ordered USA troops to take up stations on the border.
The dire rhetoric and the other actions resonated primarily in the red states of America, where Trump already enjoys strong support.