Trump’s immigration speech

Donald Trump gave a speech today on immigration and funding of his border wall today, but didn’t declare a state of emergency as had been suggested as a possibility.

Reuters: Trump urges border wall, avoids declaring emergency

President Trump urged Congress to give him $5.7 billion this year to help build a wall on the border with Mexico, but stopped short of declaring a national emergency that could have led to unilaterally funding the project.

In his first formal address to the nation from the Oval Office, President Donald Trump painted a picture of a national threat and humanitarian crisis occurring along the US-Mexico border, saying his signature border wall would provide a solution.

Here’s a partial rundown of the President’s statements and the context:

Trump: “The wall will also be paid for indirectly by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico.”
The President has made this false claim before.

Trump: “Every day, Customs and Border Patrol agents encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country.
This is overstated. Available Customs and Border Protection data shows a total of 396,579 people were apprehended by the US Border Patrol for fiscal year 2018 at the southwest border, which would mean an average of 1,087 each day — hardly the “thousands” that Trump purports.

Trump: “All Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration.”
It’s very difficult to know exactly how much or little undocumented immigrants cost the United States. Many experts contest the notion that undocumented immigrants are a strain on the economy. A 2017 analysis noted that undocumented immigrants “make considerable tax contributions,” for example.
Similarly, a 2018 study by the libertarian Cato Institute, which reviewed criminal conviction data from the Texas Department of Public Safety, found that immigrants — legal or illegal — are less likely than native-born Americans to be convicted of crimes.

Trump: “At the request of Democrats, it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall.”
Democrats have long strenuously opposed Trump’s campaign promise that he would build a concrete wall on the US-Mexico border. But they did not propose a steel barrier as an alternative.

Fox News:  Trump laments ‘crisis’ at border, makes plea for wall as Dems slam ‘misinformation’

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24 Comments

  1. FarmerPete

     /  January 9, 2019

    What pathetic fact checking! Apart from the the stats quoted on border apprehensions the rest are are bald assertions offering no basis for acceptance.

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  2. MaureenW

     /  January 9, 2019

    Yes, Trump needs to be fact checked like he’s a 6-year old every time he opens his mouth. Of course if 10’s of thousands were illegally flocking into New Zealand it wouldn’t be a problem.

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    • Duker

       /  January 9, 2019

      Fact checked like a 6 yr old compulsive liar

      But it was ok for Fox news to fact check Obama and his govt

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  3. acrossthespectrum

     /  January 9, 2019

    Donald Trump is a good President

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    • Gezza

       /  January 9, 2019

      He’s a good president of the US. They needed him to show them what their country’s become.

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  4. Corky

     /  January 9, 2019

    ”Trump: “Every day, Customs and Border Patrol agents encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country.”

    The so-called context and reality check for the above quote was a hoot. 😄

    ”Democrats have long strenuously opposed Trump’s campaign promise that he would build a concrete wall on the US-Mexico border. But they did not propose a steel barrier as an alternative.”

    What the..😄😄

    Geez, let’s hope this is more reality based.

    https://triggerreset.net/2019/01/01/maga-under-president-trump-refugee-admissions-cut-75-most-allowed-entry-were-christians/

    President Trumpy. The greatest US president in living memory. Only when he leaves office will that become clear to the world and all American people. Of, course neither will ever admit that.

    God speed, Mr President. And build that wall you moronic Democrats.

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    • Gezza

       /  January 9, 2019

      1ewes at 6 showed Nancy & Chuck giving their address-in-reply to the nation from Capitol Hill

      Two whole years of this now, Corks:

      Might as well just get some beers and low fat chippies in & put ya feet up. S’what I’m doin’. 😎

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 9, 2019

        The reason that nobody will ‘admit ‘ that he’s the greatest President ever is because he’s probably the worst one.

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        • Corky

           /  January 9, 2019

          Yes, you may be right. Protecting your country and its borders from foreign aggression and abuse – the first order of any government- is so yesterday. Ah, for the good ole days of Obama and demoralised border security.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 10, 2019

            You might be right if that was happening, but it isn’t. There is no foreign abuse and aggression on Mexico’s part. Straw man argument again. Unless you know of threats to the US’s borders that other people don’t. It’s a big country with a lot of border.

            The Obama comment is too feeble to be worth answering.

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      • MaureenW

         /  January 9, 2019

        Nancy and Chuck looked like a pair of ghouls.

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        • Gezza

           /  January 9, 2019

          Yeah they did, and they are. And Trump looked like a petulant bullying kid crying to the teacher the others are picking on him.

          The whole US system of government’s become a fucking circus Maureen. Which pretty much sums up the US these days. So it’s just the end product of where their society has been heading since WW2.

          It’s Disneyland on steroids.

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          • MaureenW

             /  January 9, 2019

            Agree with all of that, still think he should, and will, get his wall.

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            • Gezza

               /  January 9, 2019

              I think he should get his wall. I can imagine how most Kiwis would react if told we couldn’t control immigration. They only have to look at what happened when Maori couldn’t. Possibly he’ll get something close enuf to a wall to be able to claim he got it.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 10, 2019

              It would be a physical impossibility to wall off that entire border, parts of it have rivers running through them.

  5. Blazer

     /  January 9, 2019

    I like Zedds song…

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 9, 2019

      So do I.

      Trump’s mother is one, so were 2/3 of his wives.

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  6. sorethumb

     /  January 9, 2019

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  7. sorethumb

     /  January 9, 2019

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  8. oldlaker

     /  January 9, 2019

    Actually, 1,087 people illegally trying to enter the US each day on its Mexico border is quite a lot! I didn’t realise there were that many. Pity Trump didn’t say “more than seven thousand a week”, which would have been accurate and still impressively large.

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    • Corky

       /  January 9, 2019

      Bingo, Oldlaker. 1,087 people a day isn’t the thousands Trump speaks of..but as you say it’s a lot of people. Still over a thousand a day. Phenomenal if you think about it. Imagine the manhours, paperwork, checks, incarceration and medical treatment. And fools still object to a fence being built.

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