WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVA) - The country is in its second-longest government shutdown, this one now at 18 days.
Monday night President Donald Trump touched on human trafficking and border security, calling the situation a humanitarian crisis.
“Last month, 20,000 migrant children were illegally brought into the United States," he said. "These children are used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs. This is the cycle of human suffering that I am determined to end.”
Trump also used examples for his cause citing a police officer in California being killed by an immigrant.
He ended on the note that this shutdown remains because Democrats won't fund the nearly $6 billion wall.
Meanwhile, Democrats call this a "temper tantrum" by the president, whom they say is using the American people as leverage.
“There’s no excuse for hurting millions of Americans over policy difference. Federal workers are about to miss a paycheck; some families can’t get a mortgage," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. "Our suggestion is a simple one. Mr. President, reopen the government and we can work to resolve our differences over border security. But end this shutdown now.”
Despite the dueling speeches, the president plans to meet with leaders on both sides Wednesday to see if there can be a solution and some common ground that ends the shutdown.
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