US President Donald Trump is scheduled to address Americans on the issue of his proposed border wall + on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning IST), amid fears he might go down the slippery slope of declaring a national emergency to draft the US military and its budget for the project.
The prototypes for Trump's border wall are seen behind the border fence between Mexico and the United States, in Tijuana, Mexico. The objective of the address will be to promote his planned border wall between the United States and Mexico, characterize the issue of border security as a national security crisis and convince enough Americans to change their views on the subject that Trump can end the government shutdown by receiving border wall funding.
She said: "The fact is: President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must reopen the government".
Democrats have said they support increased border security measures such as additional USA border agents and technology, but have rejected the administration's claims about the security risks at the border and have raised concerns that Trump will use his speech to present a false narrative.
Trump has reportedly considered declaring the border situation a national emergency, which could enable him to bypass congressional review and build his wall without its approval. "Tuesday night at 9:00 P.M. Eastern".
(According to the Toronto Star, the US president had made almost 4,000 false claims as of December 5 for an average of 5.8 per day.) Recently, the White House has been trying to justify funding a wall on the notion that there is a new crisis at the southern border, when in fact the number of people trying to cross the border has been in decline for nearly two decades.
Curbing illegal immigration was one of the main campaign promises Mr Trump made when he ran for president. He said it strained public resources and drove down jobs and wages.
The tweet continued to say that "we are now planning a steel barrier rather than concrete", and called it a "good solution". "The cost of illegal drugs exceeds US$500 billion a year, vastly more than the US$5.7 billion we have requested from Congress", Trump said. Some say Trump's hardline policies are slowing processing for migrants, creating an overwhelming bottleneck at the border. But the president was not expected to make that declaration Tuesday night, said two people familiar with the White House plans, although it was possible he could change course.
Mr Trump is demanding that any funding to keep the government operational also includes money to help build the wall. He's asked Congress for $5.6 billion.
The government shutdown entered day 17 on 8 January after a series of discussions between the Trump administration officials and Democrats failed to yield an agreement on funding for the wall.
But he said that if Trump did use a national emergency, the president would be like authoritarian leaders of other nations who use martial law to circumvent the rule of law.