The president also tried to convince Americans that a border wall is needed to stop the flow of drugs into the US.
While it is true that the U.S. has an illegal drug use problem, then-Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly has testified before the Congress that most drugs are smuggled into the US via vehicles or mules — bodies of people who come through official ports of entry and not the areas in between them.
Experts also say that a wall would do little to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
The president continues to portray illegal immigrants as criminals.
A 2015 American immigration council research showed that immigrants are less likely to be criminals than native-born Americans, and that high rates of immigration are associated with lower rates of violent crime and property crime.
The Democratic leaders are calling on the president to reopen the government, end this shutdown and negotiate with them on border security and not just a wall.
It’s not clear whether Trump is still considering to declare a national emergency due to what he believes is a border crisis. The president is set to visit the southwest border on Thursday.