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Donald Trump Says That All Americans Were Hurt By Uncontrolled Illegal Migration

Trump's address on Tuesday comes before his scheduled visit to the US-Mexico border region on Thursday

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Indian American Congressman asks Trump to end government shutdown. VOA

In a primetime address to the nation over the “growing humanitarian and security crisis” at the US-Mexico border, President Donald Trump said that all Americans were hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration.

“My fellow Americans, tonight I’m speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” CNN quoted Trump as saying in his speech televised live from the Oval Office on Tuesday night.

“All Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration… It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages.”

The immigration matter, Trump said, was “a crisis of the heart, a crisis of the soul”.

The President said that the US could no longer accommodate immigrants who enter the country illegally.

“We are out of space to hold them and we have no way to promptly return them back home to their country,” Trump said.

The President then went on to blame the Democrats for an 18-day partial government shutdown, saying the matter could be easily resolved if his political opponents cede to his demands on border funding.

“The government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: the Democrats will not fund border security,” Trump said.

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U.S. President Donald Trump. VOA

Democrats have expressed support for border security steps like enhanced technology, but have refused to provide support for a border barrier.

Donald Trump said he would resume talks with Democrats on Wednesday.

The President however, did not declare a national emergency due to the crisis, which could have allowed him to fund his promised border wall without congressional approval, CNN said.

Soon after his speech, the Democrats slammed Trump with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying that the no president should demand “he gets his way or else the government shuts down”.

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“No president should pound the table and demand he gets his way or else the government shuts down. Hurting millions of Americans who are treated as leverage” he said on late Tuesday night, speaking alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“We don’t govern by temper tantrum.”

Pelosi added: “President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must re-open the government.”

Trump’s address on Tuesday comes before his scheduled visit to the US-Mexico border region on Thursday. (IANS)

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Facebook Working to Re-elect Donald Trump, Says Billionaire Philanthropist Geroge Soros

"As tempting as it is to use the tools available to us to change the outcome, I am confident we must never do that or we will become that which we fear."

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The billionaire philanthropist George Soros has slammed Facebook, accusing the social networking giant of helping to re-elect Donald Trump in the 2020 US election.

“Facebook will work to re-elect Trump and Trump will protect Facebook,” the 89-year-old said during a speech at a dinner hosted by his non-profit Open Society Foundation at Davos on Thursday, reports Politico.

“It makes me very concerned about the outcome of 2020,” Soros added.

Reacting to his outburst, a Facebook spokesperson said: “This is just plain wrong”.

At the dinner speech, Soros called Trump “the ultimate narcissist”, and Xi Jinping a “dictator”, while praising Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

Soros also announced he will launch “the most important project of my life” — a $1 billion investment in “critical thinking” via a new network of colleges.

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FILE – President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, Nov. 4, 2019. VOA

Earlier this month, Facebook Vice President Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth claimed that it was the social networking giant that got Donald Trump elected as the US President in 2016 because “he ran the single best digital ad campaign I’ve ever seen from any advertiser”.

In a memo obtained by The New York Times, the key Facebook executive in the same vein suggested that the platform with over 2.45 billion monthly active users should not use its enormous reach to block Trump”s reelection in 2020.

“He (Trump) didn’t get elected because of Russia or misinformation or Cambridge Analytica. He got elected because he ran the single best digital ad campaign I’ve ever seen from any advertiser. Period”, said Bosworth who runs Facebook”s hardware group.

“Trump just did unbelievable work,” Bosworth wrote.

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“As tempting as it is to use the tools available to us to change the outcome, I am confident we must never do that or we will become that which we fear.”

Facebook also announced it will show fewer political ads to people on its platform and Instagram, starting with the US which faces Presidential elections this year, but won’t ban or limit those as Twitter has already done and Google to some extent. (IANS)