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09 January 2019, 08:25 | Max Haynes
Trump demands funding to end border 'crisis' in US TV address
His speech was a compendium of arguments, some of dubious nature, that he has made before: the border is being overrun by unsafe criminals who have committed violent crimes in the U.S.; migrant women and children are being victimised; the opioid crisis stems directly from a flood tide of illegal drugs crossing the southern border; his plan to secure that border includes advanced technology, more law enforcement personnel and, yes, a barrier costing $US5.7 billion ($8 billion) that would be made of steel slats, in deference, he said, to Democrats who oppose a concrete wall - a change Democrats say they never asked for.
Kimmel said there was a lot of debate about whether to air the President's address and so each network chose to play a disclaimer beforehand.
"Day after day, precious lives are cut short by those who have violated our borders", Mr Trump said.
A cornered President Trump will hold talks with congressional leaders from both sides today, with his options running out for ending a prolonged partial government shutdown. He ordered United States troops to take up stations on the border. Tax refunds that many Americans rely on may be delayed.
Trump used emotional language, referring to Americans who were killed by people in the country illegally, saying: "I've met with dozens of families whose loved ones were stolen by illegal immigration".
As he's done since the beginning of his presidential campaign, Trump cherry-picked uncited statistics and cases to illustrate his unproven belief that undocumented immigrants are synonymous with crime.
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"America's heart broke the day after Christmas when a young police officer in California was savagely murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien (who) just came across the border". But in the most recent test, it did not work.
As almost 800,000 federal workers still go without pay, the president remained at an impasse with congressional Democrats as he prepared to head to Capitol Hill to huddle with members of his own party behind closed doors on Wednesday.
"The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only because Democrats will not fund border security", he alleged.
"Democrats and an increasing number of Republicans in Congress have repeatedly urged the President and Leader McConnell to end the Trump Shutdown and re-open the government while Congress debates the President's expensive and ineffective wall". Due to Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's refusal to put the bill up to a vote during the new 116th Congress, the bill hasn't passed the Senate for a second time, dragging the shutdown to its current standstill.
"This barrier is absolutely critical to border security."
Donald Trump is the only person who doesn't agree with that notion. Once Trump finished his speech, CNN and other outlets quickly went to fact checkers to dispute some of the president's claims.
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a televised address to the nation from the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, D.C., on January 8, 2019. And unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of livelihoods and millions of Americans will be affected for the time being.
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He also suggested that his proposal to build the wall from steel, rather than concrete, was a concession to Democrats. Trump sought to put the blame on Democrats for the standoff, saying they "will not fund border security".