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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. Last month, goaded by his allies in right-wing media, he embarked on a high-risk stunt: shutting down part of the USA government to try to coerce Democrats to give him a smaller pile of wall money. In 2019, they're all going to broadcast Trump's speech on immigration.

Polls have consistently shown that many more Americans blame Trump than Democrats for the shutdown.

The government has been partly shuttered since December 22, when Mr. Trump announced he would not sign a funding bill that did not contain wall funding.

According to NBC, at least CBS, NBC, and CNN will air the Democratic response to Trump's speech. We don't govern by temper tantrum.

Mr Trump and his allies fear that if he doesn't deliver some kind of wall, many of his supporters will feel badly let down.

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For days there has been intense speculation, fed by the US president himself, that he could declare a national emergency in order to build his US-Mexico border wall.

"We're looking at a national emergency because we have a national emergency", he told reporters. An emergency declaration could allow him to tap into potential funding sources for the wall without having to get the usual congressional authorization.

If the President went down this path - and at this stage it's still a big if - it would be nearly certain to face a legal challenge. But that, some observers said, may be the best possible outcome for Trump at this point.

"I think it would probably end up in a lawsuit, so I'm not sure how productive it would be", Senator John Cornyn said. With federal employees set to miss their first full paycheck on Friday, a prolonged shutdown could soon impact American businesses.

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Although the address wasn't too dissimilar from his previous arguments in favor of a border wall, it came at a critical time for Congress and the nation as a whole.

So our suggestion is a simple one: Mr. President: re-open the government and we can work to resolve our differences over border security. Marco Rubio said he could "potentially" endorse such a solution.

Matt Dallek, a political historian at George Washington University, predicted that as the shutdown drags on, pressure will mount on Mr. Trump to back down from his demands.

"President Trump's focus should be on reopening the government as hundreds of thousands of federal workers are facing the grim reality that they won't be receiving a pay check this week", he said. He also suggested that his proposal to build the wall from steel, rather than concrete, was a concession to Democrats.

His very premise for the Tuesday speech - an illegal immigration "crisis" - was dubious at best, immigration policy experts say.

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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. But he also raised the spectre of murder and other crimes committed by illegal aliens to justify increased border security.