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Trump called the situation on the southern border as a "humanitarian crisis - a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul".

ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and PBS have all announced on Monday that they are going to cover Trump's speech as he delivers it live from the Oval Office on Tuesday night, according to CNN.

President Donald Trump ahead of his address to the nation is still considering the option of declaring a national emergency to fund a wall on the USA border with Mexico, Vice President Mike Pence said in an interview.

But with many Americans far from sold on Trump's lurid claims about illegal immigrants, criminals and terrorists overwhelming the border, the speech faces its own high barrier: credibility.

In 2006, senators Chuck Schumer, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden voted in favour of 700 miles (1,120km) of fencing on the almost 2,000-mile border under the Secure Fence Act.

But after days of hinting he might use presidential powers to declare an emergency as a first step toward directing money for the wall without congressional approval, Mr Trump said he would continue seeking a solution to the impasse with Congress.

"Now that the television networks have chose to air the President's address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime", Democrat leaders Senator Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement last night, even as various liberal quarters demanded that Trump's speech should be subjected to a delayed telecast to enable instant fact-checking given his propensity for lies and dissembling.

Mr Trump cited cases of gruesome murders of American citizens that he said had been committed by undocumented immigrants.

Len Saunders, an immigration lawyer based near the border in Blaine, Wash., said those border guards - many of whom are supportive of the president's border-security efforts - may soon stop showing up for work as they begin to feel the shutdown's financial impact.

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He has also expressed his highest appreciation to the prime minister and the government for their cooperation, the statement said. The report also said that Sultan Muhammad was anxious to start a family after he did not have children in his first marriage.

"The fact is: President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must re-open the government", she said.

Mr Schumer accused Mr Trump of trying to "govern by temper tantrum".

Trump called on Democrats to return to the White House to meet with him, saying it was "immoral" for "politicians to do nothing".

"I think it would probably end up in a lawsuit, so I'm not sure how productive it would be", Senator John Cornyn said. But the New York Democrat says the "symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a 30-foot wall".

In fact, a study by the libertarian Cato Institute previous year found that crime rates among immigrants in Texas - both legal and unauthorized - were lower than those among native-born Americans.

"If you listen carefully, you can hear network execs coming up with tortured, wholly unbelievable reasons for why they will air Trump's speech tomorrow night when they deemed one from Obama too political and refused to carry", tweeted Democratic political strategist Adam Parkhomenko.

Betting site bookmaker.eu was offering odds for wagers on whether Trump would lie during his speech, declare a national emergency or end the shutdown by January 18. But he took little action to get it built during his first two years in office.

Such an emergency declaration would represent a dramatic escalation of the dispute and would immediately draw legal challenges.


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