President Trump argues for a border wall. In a televised prime-time address Tuesday, the president said a barrier along the southern border is necessary for national security, calling for lawmakers to fund it and end the partial government shutdown. Democratic congressional leaders responded, rejecting a wall as unnecessary and accusing Mr. Trump of stoking fear to gain support for his cause.
- Republicans and Democrats have different views on the extent of the problem associated with undocumented immigrants and how to address the issue. Mr. Trump says it is a significant contributor to crime and a big cost to the government. Democrats say he overstates the problem. Here is a look at some of the numbers behind U.S. immigration.
- In his speech, Mr. Trump offered a variety of justifications for the wall, reiterating some themes from his campaign rallies. He rattled off statistics of illegal drugs crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, sharing stories of human trafficking and of crimes allegedly committed by illegal immigrants. In their response, Democratic leaders said that while they agree on the need to strengthen border security, a physical wall would be expensive and ineffective.
- The shutdown is freezing the IPO market. The partial closing of the Securities and Exchange Commission is forcing companies that were seeking to list shares this month to postpone plans. Biotechnology companies could be put in the most perilous positions.