Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer look like ‘disappointed’ parents during Donald Trump rebuttal

Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer look like ‘disappointed’ parents during Donald Trump rebuttal

Later in the day, Trump is scheduled to host bipartisan congressional leaders to see if they can break the deadlock.

In 2013, Senate Democrats voted for a failed immigration bill that provided roughly $46 billion for a number of border security measures - including new fencing - but that legislation would have created a pathway to citizenship for some of the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the US illegally.

"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 don't act right now", Trump said.

Trump said in his address from the White House Oval Office it is up to Democrats to "pass a spending bill that defends our borders and reopens the government".

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats, who took control of the chamber last week, plan to advance a bill to immediately reopen the Treasury Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission and several other agencies that have been partially shut down since December 22. "In California, an air force veteran was raped, murdered, and beaten to death with a hammer by an illegal alien with a long criminal history".

He claimed to have met "dozens of families whose loved ones were stolen by illegal immigration.I've held the hands of the weeping mothers". I will never forget the pain in their eyes, the tremble in their voices and the sadness gripping there.

"How much more American blood will be shed before Congress does its job?" "This is about whether we fulfil our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve", Trump said.

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He said his administration's proposal also includes technology upgrades to detect drugs and weapons, money to hire more border agents and to increase the number of beds available to house those detained trying to cross the border.

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER, Senate Democratic leader: "The president of the United States, having failed to get Mexico to pay for his ineffective, unnecessary border wall, and unable to convince the Congress or the American people to foot the bill, has shut down the government." - response to Trump.

There is no excuse for hurting millions of Americans over a policy difference. Lawmakers also are anxious about missed paychecks for government workers Friday. Farmers and small businesses won't get loans they need.

Among those hit hardest by illegal immigration are African-Americans and Hispanics, he said - although he did not provide evidence for that and similar claims.

Earlier on Sunday, Trump had offered to erect a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall along the border to iron out differences with Democrats over the issue which has resulted in a partial government shutdown for over a fortnight.

The President made a prime-time televised address ahead of a visit the border later this week - as the government marked its 18th day of a partial shutdown. Mr Trump invited leading lawmakers from both parties to the White House for talks. "We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country".

What did Trump have to say about the wall? Those numbers mean a person's odds of becoming a victim of homicide in tightly packed, diverse New York City were about the same as they were in Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota. "The only thing that is immoral is the politicians to do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimised", Trump said.