House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

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Schumer To Trump: 'No Excuse' For Hurting People

Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi delivered the Democratic response to Trump's Oval Office address

January 08, 2019 - 9:51 pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the partial government shutdown (all times local):

9:40 p.m.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trump should reopen government while talks continue over the U.S.-Mexico border wall because there's "no excuse for hurting millions of Americans."

Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered the Democratic response to Trump's Oval Office address Tuesday.

Related: Trump Urges Wall Funding To Fix Border Crisis In TV Address

Schumer says Democrats and Republicans agree on the need to secure borders. But the New York Democrat says the "symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a 30-foot wall."

Schumer noted that Trump had promised to have Mexico pay for the wall. But he says having failed, Trump is now "unable to convince Congress or the American people to foot the bill."

Schumer says, "American democracy doesn't work that way. We don't govern by temper tantrum."

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9:25 p.m.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the president has "chosen fear" in making the case to the American people for the border wall and Democrats "want to start with the facts."

Pelosi said Tuesday night in a rebuttal to President Donald Trump's Oval Office address that "we all agree that we need to secure our borders."

She noted that the House passed legislation to reopen government on the first day of the new Congress. But Trump rejects that legislation because it doesn't have funding for his border wall.

She says: "The fact is: President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must reopen the government."

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9:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump is citing crimes committed by immigrants in the U.S. illegally to make his case for a southern border wall.

Studies over several years have found immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than people born in the United States.

But Trump said Tuesday night in an Oval Office address that he's met with dozens of families whose loved ones were killed by immigrants in the country illegally. Trump says: "How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?"

He is urging Americans to call members of Congress and tell them to finally secure the border. He says, "This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice."

Trump says he is determined to end the "cycle of human suffering."

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9:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump says in an Oval Office address that there is a "growing humanitarian and security crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border, though crossings have fallen in recent years.

The president said Tuesday night that all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal immigration. He says it strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages.

The president says among those hit hardest by illegal immigration are African-Americans and Hispanics, though he did not provide any evidence to back that up.

The president is trying to convince Americans that the flow of immigrants into the U.S. illegally at the southern border is a crisis.

He asserts that the government remains shut down because Democrats won't fund border security.

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