President Donald Trump declared himself determined to stop "humanitarian crisis" on US southern border.
In a 9 minute speech from the Oval Office, President Donald Trump placed the responsibility for the federal government shut-down on Democrats' refusal to approve the $5.7 billion he needs to build the wall on the US/ Mexico border.
"Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs including meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. Every week 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across from our southern border."
President Donald Trump
The President's speech was dedicated to explaining and justifying the continued shut down of the federal government as leverage against Congress' refusal to vote him the funds he demands for the border wall.
Although during his campaign Trump stated categorically that the wall would not be built with federal funds, he now explains that the wall will "quickly pay for itself," through a reduction of crime and an increase in profits from the new trade agreement with Mexico.
President Trump pledged that resources would be provided to give the children brought into the US illegally proper care and medical assistance.
Trump went into the statistics of crime perpetrated by illegal immigrants in great detail. According to the President, ICE officers arrested 266,000 illegal aliens with criminal records in the past two years.
These aliens are allegedly responsible for 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 murders. In addition, the heroin trade that enters the US through the Mexican border is responsible for the estimated 300 deaths a week from drug overdoses.
The President further declared that the wall would benefit the thousands of migrant women and children trafficked across the border every year, many of whom are sexually assaulted and end up as little more than slaves to the "coyotes."
President Trump pledged that resources would be provided to give the children brought into the US illegally proper care and medical assistance until they can be returned to their country of origin:
"We have asked Congress to close border security loopholes so that illegal immigrant children can be safely and humanely returned back home."
The President closed his argument by citing individual cases in the recent past in which Americans were victims of violent crimes at the hands of illegal immigrants.
He begged Americans to call their members of Congress and demand that they approve the plan to secure the southern border.
Congress' refusal to provide the funds the President demands for the border wall has resulted in a Mexican standoff with the White House, which has left 780,000 federal workers on unpaid furlough or being forced to work without pay.
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Before the President made his speech, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski urged networks across the US not to broadcast the Oval Office address to the Nation.
Brzezinski, who is a highly respected journalist, liberal political commentator, and author currently co-hosts MSNBC's weekday morning broadcast show "Morning Joe".
"Like they've done with other presidents in other times, the networks should refuse to turn over the airways to Donald Trump tonight for what they know objectively to be a steady stream of lies."
Brzezinski characterized the President's speeches as a 'steady stream of lies' and accused the network of pandering to political expediency and high ratings in detriment of their journalistic integrity.
In a related story, President Donald Trump accuses CNN and several other netwporks of spreading 'fake news.'