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Media’s Angry Response To President Trump’s Oval Office Speech Comes Up Short

By Mollie Hemingway | thefederalist.com

A humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border must be addressed, President Donald Trump told the country last night in his first Oval Office address. His speech also addressed the flow of drugs and crime, the high rates of abuse associated with human trafficking, and the use of children as pawns to thwart laws protecting the U.S. border from illegal entry.

“This is the tragic reality of illegal immigration on our southern border. This is the cycle of human suffering that I am determined to end,” Trump said, laying out a plan that includes drug-detection technology, increased border agents and immigration judges, $800 million in humanitarian assistance and medical support, legislative changes to ensure the safe return of children who enter the country illegally, and $5.7 billion for a “physical barrier” to help stop illegal entry.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer quickly responded to the address by saying there’s not really a crisis at the border. They told him that he should end the governmental shutdown, and said they could work on border security concerns in the months to come.      [...more]

Border wall debate did not turn out well for Dems Tuesday night

By Newt Gingrich | Fox News

The result was not as lopsided as the Clemson annihilation of Alabama in the National Championship game Monday night, but the outcome of the first head-to-head television effort of the new Congress was decisive. President Trump clearly gained ground and Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer lost ground.

Part of President Trump’s advantage was structural. Presidents almost always do better than Congressional leaders in a nationally televised setting. The emotional power of the Oval Office and the authority of the presidency have given every president in my lifetime a huge advantage over their congressional opponents.

Smart congressional leaders never pick themselves to respond. Ideally, they pick someone who offsets the president’s strengths. On Tuesday night, a young Hispanic member of Congress or representatives from border states, speaking with intensity and sincerity would have been 100 times better than the Nancy and Chuck show.       [...more]

Nancy Pelosi’s immoral border stance

By Katie Pavlich, opinion contributor | thehill.com

“A wall, in my view, is an immorality. It’s the least effective way to protect the border and the most costly. I can’t think of any reason why anyone would think it’s a good idea — unless this has something to do with something else,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said shortly before the government shutdown.

That’s the latest talking point from Democratic leadership and congressional members in the House and Senate. Walls are immoral and they don’t work anyway. Of course, both of these things are untrue.

Right now, walls are working on the southern border to curb illegal immigration, stop human trafficking and limit the number of drugs pouring into the United States. It’s happening in San Diego, Yuma and other select places along the 2,000 miles that stretches from California to Texas.      [...more]