Rep. Hoyer: Dems Could Sue If Trump Declares Nat'l Emergency on Border

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According to the poll, conducted January 4-6 among 1,989 registered voters, a 42-percent plurality think there is an illegal immigration crisis at the U.S. -Mexico border, which Trump has argued as he's tried to leverage a partial government shutdown to secure congressional funding for his proposed southern border wall.

Meanwhile, President Trump is hosting Senate Republicans at the White House Wednesday as the stalemate with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer continues.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats, who took control of the chamber last week, plan to advance a bill to immediately reopen the Treasury Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission and several other agencies that have been partially shut down since December 22. In past shutdowns, civil servants were paid retroactively once the impasses ended.

Trump was almost halfway through his 9-minute address before he mentioned the wall, describing it as a request from law enforcement rather than his longstanding political pledge. "We also have a humanitarian crisis at our border, and the president is not going to back off".

He continued: "I said bye-bye, nothing else works". "At the request of Democrats it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall". Instead, he is still demanding that American taxpayers pay at least $5.7 billion for his wall, which can't pass either chamber of Congress and of course Mexico is not paying for.

"And he just got up and said, 'Then we have nothing to discuss, ' and he just walked out".

Democrats are eager to force Republicans to choose between funding the Treasury's Internal Revenue Service - at a time when it should be gearing up to issue tax refunds to millions of Americans - and voting to keep it partially shuttered. "Again, we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn't get his way".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump would be traveling to the border to "meet with those on the frontlines of the national-security and humanitarian crisis".

Trump's visit to the Capitol was arranged after a handful of Republican senators - including Susan Collins of Maine, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - broke ranks with the GOP president and called on him to seek common ground with Democratic leaders. "It's ridiculous", said Senator Angus King, a ME independent who caucuses with Democrats. Let's talk strictly about border security in the long run, not just a short-term fix.

The White House has previously acknowledged that the construction of a border wall will need to be funded by government dollars, but have insisted - as Schlapp did on Wednesday - that financial benefits from the revised, but still unratified, US-Mexico-Canada trade deal will ultimately cover the cost of the wall.

Trump and top aides in recent days have denied there is any fraying among Senate Republicans on Trump's insistence he get his wall money in return for agreeing to re-open nine federal entities and other smaller offices.

Senator John Boozman of Arkansas told VOA he thinks that a compromise might eventually be reached.

"I think we might work a deal, and if we don't I might go that route", he said.

"I really believe the Democrats and the Republicans are working together". Schumer said that Trump's use of government workers as "pawns", forced out of their jobs by the shutdown, was "cruel".

But Tuesday morning, Pelosi and Schumer announced that they would "deliver a response to President Trump's 9:00 p.m. E.T. address Tuesday evening following the conclusion of his remarks". But Democrats, who hold a majority in the House, along with some Republicans, have refused to give Trump any of the $5.7 billion he has demandied to build the wall. We can fund more innovation to detect unauthorized crossings.

"This is a humanitarian crisis".

He said hundreds more people are killed each year by drugs, particularly heroin, most of which, he said, comes into the United States through the southwestern border. But he did not mention that Tuesday night.

Pelosi said after the meeting that the president was "petulant".

Donald Trump being flayed on social media after he posted an Instagram story comparing a border wall to a zoo fence, amid a national debate over border security.