Democrats touring border warn Trump against diverting funds for wall

Democrats touring border warn Trump against diverting funds for wall

President Donald Trump says he will address the nation Tuesday night about what he says is a "crisis" at the U.S. -Mexico border.

"The facts are clear: President Trump has the power to stop hurting the country by re-opening the government and ending the Trump Shutdown", the two said in a joint statement.

The tweet comes as the government shutdown begins its third week, with Trump and congressional Democrats at an impasse over the President's demand for almost $6 billion in federal funding to build a wall on the southern border.

The House, with a new Democratic majority, passed appropriations in January that did not include wall funding but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he wouldn't bring it to the Senate floor because of a lack of Republican support.

Since the weekend meetings that the vice president has called "productive" even as he said no progress was made toward actually reaching an agreement, White House and congressional negotiators have not again sat down.

In the meantime, hundreds of thousands of federal workers face missed paychecks Friday as the shutdown drags through a third week.

Rep. Steny Hoyer (L), D-MD; and Senator Dick Durbin (R), D-IL, exit the White House after meeting with United States president Donald Trump to discuss the partial government shutdown, January 4, 2019 in Washigton, DC.

Sanders said Trump is "not going to stop" until he figures out the best way to protect USA citizens and that "whatever action he takes will certainly be lawful".

Trump has offered to build the barrier with steel rather than concrete, billing that as a concession to Democrats' objections to a solid wall.

The White House moved to pre-empt the Democrats, telling reporters Monday that tax refunds would be paid despite the shutdown.

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"Suggesting that we can build an endless wall along our borders, and blame our challenges on immigrants - that doesn't just run counter to our history as the world's melting pot; it contradicts the evidence that our growth and our innovation and our dynamism has always been spurred by our ability to attract strivers from every corner of the globe", Obama said at Rutgers University in 2016.

Two people embrace on the US side of the border, seen through the border wall Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, seen from along the beach in Tijuana, Mexico.

With the talks stalled, Pelosi, a California Democrat, said House Democrats meant to start passing individual bills to reopen agencies.

During that time, however, Trump could potentially agree to back off on border-related demands that led to the current government shutdown, if he is confident that he'll end up getting the resources he needs through the National Emergencies Act. He promised during the campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall.

His administration and Congress are deadlocked on funding the barrier.

"I am all for the wall", Ingraham said after playing devil's advocate in response to Conway's claims about drugs flowing over the border.

Democrats in Congress say a wall would be expensive, inefficient and immoral.

"If he has to give up a concrete wall, replace it with a steel fence in order to do that so that Democrats can say, 'See?"

Leaders of the nonpartisan National Governors Association made public a letter Tuesday sent to Trump and congressional leaders a day earlier, calling on them to reopen the government, saying "shutdown should not be a negotiating tactic as disagreements are resolved".

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