Donald Trump addresses the nation

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All major television networks said they'll carry tonight's prime-time address by President Donald Trump on the escalating controversy over U.S. -Mexico border wall funding, which is causing a prolonged partial federal government shutdown.

Hours before Trump's address, White House senior advisor Kellyanne Conway said that no decision has been made with regard to declaring a national emergency. Such a move would likely be met with a court challenge.

While there has been an increase in children and families crossing the border seeking asylum in recent months, the rate of apprehensions of undocumented immigrants at the U.S. -Mexico border is actually much lower than it has been in recent history, as Vox's Dara Lind explained.

Trump Addresses AmericaPresident Trump makes his case for a $5.7 billion wall between the US and Mexico.

Mr Trump rattled off a number of grisly murders by illegal immigrants to justify the funding.

He said his administration has given Congress a "tremendous" proposal to secure the border, developed by law enforcement professionals and border agents. About a quarter of USA agencies have been shut down since last month and hundreds of thousands of government workers are likely to miss paycheques this week.

Mr Trump will make his case in his first speech from the Oval Office at 21:00EST (0200 GMT Wednesday), ahead of a trip to the border on Thursday. "America proudly welcomes millions of lawful immigrants who enrich our society and contribute to our nation but all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled and illegal migration", Trump said.

The number of illegal border crossings is down from 1.6 million in 2000 to less than 400,000 past year. There were almost 400,000 apprehensions at the border in the 2018 fiscal year, well down from the early 2000s when arrests regularly topped one million annually.

Democrats have vowed to block funding for a wall, which they say would be immoral and ineffective, and have called on Trump to reopen shuttered portions of the government while border negotiations continue.

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Another 33 percent of companies said they plan to move out of China in the next six to 12 months, according to the UBS report. Growth is expected by the government to have eased to around 6.5 percent in 2018, down from 6.9 percent in 2017.

"We believe we can solve this through the legislative process", Pence told CBS, urging Democrats to negotiate. So while there may be a humanitarian crisis driving more vulnerable people to seek asylum in the United States, there is no security crisis.

Migrants break through the USA border fence just beyond the east pedestrian entrance of the San Ysidro crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, on November 25, 2018.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer will deliver a televised response after Trump speaks on Tuesday night.

In the past, Trump's talks to the nation have been carefully scrutinized for false information.

After meeting with Democrats over the weekend, the White House issued a series of budget demands, including a new request for $800,000 for humanitarian needs. Joe Manchin told CNN.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also accused Mr Trump of trying to "govern by temper tantrum" and of manufacturing a crisis.

The paper reported it was unlikely Trump would declare a national emergency, citing sources familiar with Trump's planned remarks - although the president has been known to stray from the words put down on paper by aides.

He said of the situation at the border: "This is a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul".

A National Park Service ranger looks out onto the city from Trump International Hotel's historic clock tower, which remains open and staffed by the National Park Service despite the partial government shutdown.

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