“The dark miracle of this administration is that it’s taken immigration—a subject on which basically there’s a consensus on the part of people about what to do—and turned it into a wedge,” he said.
“As a country, we have to acknowledge that this is how people are being treated here and decide that we are better and we must do better,” Representative Ilhan Omar tweeted on Thursday.
“If you know anything about the old west when they circle their wagons that’s usually when they’re under attack and that’s what we feel like right now, that we’re under attack.”
“What we should be doing is focusing on technology, manpower and physical barriers where it makes sense,” said Republican Congressman Will Hurd from Texas.
“Whether or not [Trump] gets $1.6 billion from Congress, whether or not he gets $2.5 billion or $5.7 billion, he's going to do whatever he legally can to secure that border,” Trump's acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said.
Despite Trump's comments, El Paso has not been considered one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. and violent crime actually increased after a border fence was built.
“We lost the election in November and now we’ve lost six weeks to get our strength back, to get our position back,” GOP Representative Peter T. King of New York said.
The new proposal far exceeds Democrats’ past offers for border security funding.
Undocumented migrants pay more than $20 billion in taxes annually, according to the IRS.
The president repeated some of the White House's main talking points but left out important context, such as the way most drugs actually enter the U.S., which is through legal points of entry.
"[Republicans] are seizing gov operations [and] innocent people’s pay until they get what they want," the progressive congresswoman wrote on Twitter.
“Mexico and the U.S. have done—and can do—great things together, but the one thing Mexico will not be doing with the U.S. is building a wall along our common border,” Arturo Sarukhan said.
Animated border security agents will try to detect deception by analyzing human micro-expressions.
Shrinking ISIS pockets house the last of the jihadis that once ruled half of both Syria and Iraq.
"It won't be the Mexican government [paying for the wall]; it will be the Mexican cartels, and that's probably the better party to bill there."
President Donald Trump claims Mexican officials haven't been doing their part to secure the southern border. In the first two months of 2018 alone, Mexico deported more than 16,000 people.
The sites will be located in the greater Chicago, Detroit, St. Paul and Salt Lake City areas.
The largest army in the world is readying for a "potential crisis."
The bill includes measures such as five-year prison sentences for those re-entering the U.S. illegally after having been deported and the forced use of electronic ankle monitors.
Republican Senator Roy Blunt said money for the wall likely would not be part of a spending bill that must pass by April 28 to avoid shutting down federal agencies.
The homeland security department is considering the proposal in part to deter mothers from illegally migrating to U.S. with children, government officials tell Reuters.
After years of waiting for immigration reform, reactions to the president's speech are all over the map.