Pence: Trump Still 'Considering' National Emergency Declaration

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Democrats, who took control of the House last week, passed a bill to reopen the government without wall funding. Initially, Trump insisted Mexico would pay for the boarder wall.

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House as he walks from Marine One, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Washington. But Trump's speech isn't just about immigration, it's about the partial shutdown of the federal government.

"This might be all about putting up a fight for the sake of the people who are watching, which are his base and his conservative allies out in conservative media", said CNN's White House correspondent Abby Philip. But Democrats say the wall is "immoral" and refuse to compromise.

Trump is demanding that any funding to keep the federal government operational also include money to help build a $23 billion wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

However, all four living former USA presidents - Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Carter - have now denied his claim.

Jackson asked why the administration was so focused on the southern border, when six times more people tried to enter the US from Canada, and Pence suggested there was a greater security threat from potential terrorists entering through Mexico.

"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.

On the day Pelosi was sworn in last week, House Democrats approved a stopgap spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would not allocate any new wall funding - though the legislation was dead on arrival in the Senate.

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Because of it, the government has been partially shut down since December 22 and hundreds of thousands of federal workers have either been furloughed or are working without pay.

Democrats say other border security measures are more efficient and cost-effective than a wall, which they say is contrary to American values.

"We're looking at a national emergency because we have a national emergency", Trump said, adding that he would decide "depending on what happens over the next few days".

"We don't think that's the American way", Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday. "A wall is an immorality, it's not who we are as a nation".

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.

Trump said this week that he's open to a wall of steel slats, noting experts have advised him they'd prefer the ability to see through the wall.

Trump made his promise for a wall a signature issue in his 2016 White House run. First lady Melania Trump also visited a shelter for migrant children in McAllen in June.