Democrats plan rebuttal to Trump's prime time address on border 'security crisis'

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However, Democrats have called it a humanitarian crisis, while the Trump administration has framed it as an issue of national security, according to the New York Times. But because they love the people on the inside. "The only thing that is immoral is for the politicians to do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimized".

Top congressional Democrats pushed back sternly, warning that the USA president was holding Americans "hostage" by refusing to fund shuttered government agencies.

Facing Democratic opposition in Congress to a wall, Mr Trump said in a prime-time televised speech that there was a growing security crisis at the US-Mexico border.

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.

"Speculation that Trump would use the address to declare a national emergency gathered steam after he approvingly cited a Democratic lawmaker Adam Smith, the new Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, who agreed there is a provision in law that says a president can declare an emergency", without adding the Congressman's reservation: "Declaring an emergency on our border.to take $20-30B out of the Dept. of Defense to build a wall is probably the worst public policy idea I've heard in about 10 years".

But the president stopped short of any declaration.

They have also made a point of reminding Trump that his campaign promise was to have the Mexicans pay for the wall, not Americans.

He appealed to Congress to end "this crisis" and for every American to "call Congress" and tell them to "secure our border".

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.

Mr Trump will follow up with a rare trip to the Mexico border itself on Thursday.

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Adam Smith (D-Wash.) confirmed that Trump does have the authority to call a national emergency on the grounds of border security. And when someone asked if that was a threat to Democrats, Trump stated: "I never threaten anybody".

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Democrats have repeatedly slammed the proposed wall but have remained vague about counter-proposals that would curb illegal immigration.

The president had "chosen fear" in making the case to the American people for the border wall and Democrats "want to start with the facts", she said.

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.

"The better he does with that, the better it helps us to get to where we need to go".

Trump has said he can relate to the plight of the federal workers who aren't getting paid, though he acknowledged they will have to "make adjustments".

Even if Trump tried to declare an emergency to build the wall, Congress could try to claw the money back through rescissions or banning the use of funds for certain purposes.

Democrats have said the move would at a minimum mean presidential overreach, sparking court challenges to block the powers.

A new opinion poll suggests just over half of Americans (51%) blame President Trump for the government shutdown.

Some Republicans have voiced doubts about the tactic, with Senator John Boozman telling AFP there was "some controversy" over Trump's authority to declare an emergency. "The president has no authority to usurp Congress's power of the purse", House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat from NY, said during a visit to the border on Monday.

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