Mexico border situation a 'growing crisis': Donald Trump

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US President Donald Trump is scheduled to address Americans on the issue of his proposed border wall + on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning IST), amid fears he might go down the slippery slope of declaring a national emergency to draft the US military and its budget for the project.

She said the Democrats also want a secure border, but Mr Trump's wall is not the solution, as she offered options including building infrastructure and installing new technology. It was not clear whether he might do so at a later date.

Mr Trump's remarks came 18 days into a partial government shutdown precipitated by his demand for the wall, which he has said is needed to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs.

Trump, who has long railed against illegal immigration at the border, has recently seized on humanitarian concerns to argue there is a broader crisis that can only be solved with a wall. Democrats, who now control the House, have consistently opposed it, calling it an expensive, inefficient and immoral way of trying to resolve immigration issues.

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Though both Democrats and Republicans agree there is a crisis at the border, critics have accused Mr Trump of greatly exaggerating the problem. About a quarter of USA agencies have been shut down since last month and hundreds of thousands of government workers are likely to miss paycheques this week.

Sen John Thune of South Dakota, the GOP whip, said he doesn't think the emergency declaration is the right move and "I prefer that we get this resolved the old-fashioned way".

"If his past statements are an indication, (the speech) will be full of malice and misinformation", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the senior Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, said in a statement.

"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", they demanded in a joint statement on Monday night. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) felt that Trump's willingness to compromise on the walls material could mean he was ready to negotiate.

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Mrs Pelosi said: "The fact is: the women and children at the border are not a security threat, they are a humanitarian challenge". But even if blocked, Trump could claim to his base that he had done what he could, while ending the damaging government shutdown.

It invited representatives from cable news outlets to a White House lunch with Trump ahead of the address, a gesture that is typically reserved for the lead-up to State of the Union speeches.

Pence said on Monday that progress was made in weekend talks that he led between administration officials and congressional staff over how to break the funding impasse and reopen the government.

In rejecting Trump's demands, Democrats also point to the Trump administration's controversial handling of families and other migrants from Central America at the border. Federal workers are about to miss a paycheck.

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Critics have decried the previous separation of migrant children from families, the use of tear gas at the border and the case of two Guatemalan migrant children who died in US custody in December.

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