ORLANDO, Fla. — In an address to the nation Tuesday night, President Donald Trump made his case for a border wall with Mexico, though Florida lawmakers remain divided on the issue.
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Trump said a border wall is necessary to combat illegal immigration, violent crime and drugs from entering the U.S. from Mexico.
"Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl," Trump said. "Every week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across from our southern border."
The Associated Press fact-checked the claim, saying, "A wall can't do much about that when drug trafficking is concentrated at land ports of entry, not remote stretches of the border."
But Democrats, now in control of the U.S. House of Representatives, are unwilling to fund a border wall.
"The only crisis on the border is the one that President Trump has created by falsifying reports to instill fear, imprisoning children and separating families, and failing to hire enough officers to staff ports of entry," Rep. Val Demings (D-Orlando) said.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, tried to make a point, using old statements from former President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to show that in the past, Democrats have supported changes at the Mexico border.
Rubio said the statements from Obama and Clinton prove that they have supported a border wall in the past, and Democrats should do so now.
But as of right now, the shutdown stalemate continues.
Trump is scheduled to make an appearance on Capitol Hill on Wednesday as the government shutdown drags on. He's expected to attend a Senate policy lunch and will be accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.