Trump Addresses Border Security

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CBJ — U.S. President Donald Trump delivered his first address from the Oval Office in the White House on Tuesday evening.

Once again Trump reiterated his demand for the Democrats to vote for a $5.7 billion spending bill to construct a steel wall along the border with Mexico.

There had been some speculation that Trump would invoke a state of emergency clause, which would have triggered a number of other protectionist measures. However, he opted not to take that route. Apparently a number of Republicans and legal advisors said it would not accomplish what he is looking to achieve. Trump is scheduled to visit the southwest border on Thursday and it was not clear whether he still might choose to make the national emergency declaration.

House Democrats will put legislation on the floor that may divide Republican ranks with other options, such as increased border security funding — to the tune of about $2 billion — but not for a border security wall but rather for more personnel and more sophisticated equipment.

Caught in the government shutdown are thousands of federal workers, who have remained on the job for the past 18 days, without receiving their pay cheques. About 800,000 government workers are furloughed or working without pay.

House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer spoke on behalf of the Democrats as a rebuttal, completely disagreeing with Trump’s solution to border security. Neither side showed any willingness to budge from their current positions and so the shutdown continues.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen says terrorists had crossed the border into the United States but that information about the number of such incidents was sensitive or classified.

Democrats say other border security measures are more efficient and cost-effective than a wall, which they say is contrary to American values.