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As President Trump gave his address in the Oval Office Tuesday night, viewers around the nation tuned in to watch the president reiterate his demand for a border wall. Then, he offered nothing new.

The unexpected length of the shutdown has raised the prospect that Trump would begin to lose support among Republicans anxious to reopen the government and doubtful of the White House strategy. Mr Trump described the situation at the border as a "growing crisis" hurting millions of Americans. However, we sharply disagree with the President about the most effective way to do it.

In an eight-minute address on Tuesday night carried live by all the major USA television networks, Mr Trump said the federal government remained shut because of the Democrats. The impasse doesn't look likely to end soon.

Democrats remain completely opposed to the president's proposal for a wall and arranged to respond to Trump's remarks shortly after he made them.

In a televised address to Americans, President Donald Trump said a U.S. -Mexico border wall is a "common sense" decision between "right and wrong.' Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer called it a manufactured 'crisis" and said government should reopen while the border security debate continues.

"This barrier is absolutely critical to border security."
But Trump rejects that legislation because it doesn't have funding for his border wall.

Trump used to say that Mexico will pay for the wall, but since that is impossible, he has endorsed the freaky claim that the wall will pay for itself. Disputes over wall funding are at the heart of an ongoing partial shutdown of the USA federal government.

A growing proportion of Americans blame Mr Trump for the government shutdown, although Republicans mostly support his refusal to approve a budget that does not include funds for the wall, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.

The two sides are scheduled to return to the bargaining table on Wednesday.

Inside a home in Edinburg, 67-year-old Mexican-American Sylvia Ramirez took notes during Trump's speech and the response by Democratic leaders.

Mr Schumer accused Mr Trump of trying to "govern by temper tantrum".

While the standoff continues, some 800,000 federal employees are furloughed or working without pay. There's little concern about that within the White House, where it's regarded as a problem mainly felt in Washington - despite the fact that thousands of federal workers live outside of the capital area. With Trump and the Democrats holding their ground, there's no telling when it'll end.

Trump has been discussing the idea of declaring a national emergency to allow him to move forward with the wall without getting congressional approval for the $5.7 billion he's requested.

The fact is: We all agree that we need to secure our borders, while honoring our values: we can build the infrastructure and roads at our ports of entry; we can install new technology to scan cars and trucks for drugs coming into our nation; we can hire the personnel we need to facilitate trade and immigration at the border; and we can fund more innovation to detect unauthorized crossings. The other was Republicans in Congress, who Mr Trump needs to keep in the fold if he is going to get anything out of this extended political confrontation. "We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country". Such a step, however, would likely face an immediate legal challenge.

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