President Trump called on Congress Tuesday night to fund his proposal for stronger border security and to end the government shutdown, saying there is a “growing humanitarian and security crisis” at the southern border. “This is a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul,” Mr. Trump told the nation in a prime-time address.
In his first Oval Office address, Mr. Trump stopped short of declaring a national emergency that would allow him to order the military to build a barrier on the border, a move that would also draw legal challenges. He instead called on Democrats to fund his proposals, including $5.7 billion for a wall, asking how much more blood must be shed by Americans who are victims of illegal immigrant crime.
“Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country and thousands more lives will be lost if we do not act right now,” the president said. “All Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration. It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages.”
He blamed congressional Democrats for refusing to negotiate with him until the government is reopened, saying Democrats who previously supported a border wall “changed their mind only after I was elected president.”