Trump's 'National Emergency' is Bogus, 'Humanitarian Crisis' is Real

10 January, 2019, 00:53 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
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His speech was a compendium of arguments, some of dubious nature, that he has made before: the border is being overrun by unsafe criminals who have committed violent crimes in the United States; migrant women and children are being victimised; the opioid crisis stems directly from a flood tide of illegal drugs crossing the southern border; his plan to secure that border includes advanced technology, more law enforcement personnel and, yes, a barrier costing $US5.7 billion ($8 billion) that would be made of steel slats, in deference, he said, to Democrats who oppose a concrete wall - a change Democrats say they never asked for.

In their televised reply to Trump, Democrat Chuck Schumer, the minority leader in the Senate, and Pelosi were equally firm about not funding an "ineffective, unnecessary border wall".

President Donald Trump has walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders as negotiations broke down on the 19th day of a USA government shutdown.

There's growing concern about the toll the shutdown is taking on everyday Americans, including disruptions in payments to farmers and trouble for home buyers who are seeking government-backed mortgage loans - "serious stuff", according to Republican Senator John Thune. But she said there was "no way" the shutdown fight would drag on for years as Trump warned last week. "I said bye-bye, nothing else works!"

"This is an example of the president being nearly delusionary", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

Democrats, newly in control of the House of Representatives, have said they will not allocate any money toward the wall, which remains a popular concept within Trump's base but has little support from the broader American public.

They say he is using false claims and manufacturing a crisis to carry out his 2016 presidential campaign promise for a wall that he said at the time would be paid for by Mexico.

The Fox host also pushed back on Trump's claim that the number of illegal border crossings is on the rise, telling viewers that they have actually been going "steadily down over the past 10 years", and that the government reports "there is more outward traffic than inward traffic". Even worse, Trump's address showcased that there's likely no end in sight to the government shutdown that's heading into its third week.

Sarri accepts Fabregas departure, urges Hudson-Odoi to stay
Some times he will be on the bench but I think I can start to consider him on the same level as Willian and Pedro". You know very well in this club there is a rule: The renewal of players over 30 is usually one year.

He said Mr Trump needs to re-open government while allowing the debate over border security to continue.

Trump did not mention that idea Tuesday night.

Pressure will ramp up in the coming days as numerous 800,000 federal workers impacted miss out on a pay cheque for the first time since the shutdown begun.

Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time.

Negotiations on wall funding could proceed in the meantime, they said. What's more, only 42% view the current situation at the southern border as a "crisis", and just 44% support the construction of a border wall at all.

The bottom line? There wasn't any new information in Trump's first Oval Office address; it was the same old racism and the same old xenophobia.

Mr Trump asked those who "refuse to compromise" to "imagine if it was your child, your husband or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken".


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