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Yairis Alvarado, Staff Writer

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On Jan, 8, President Donald Trump addressed the nation. The main topic he wished to speak about was the reasoning for the government shutdown: lack of border security.

Soon after his speech was over, the fact checks came out and all of the over-exaggerated truths and the lies he told were starting to be revealed from his scripted address.

  • Statement: “The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security.”
  • Statement: “America proudly welcomes millions of lawful immigrants who enrich our society and contribute to our nation, but all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration. It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages.”

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    Immigrant family confronted by border security

    • Fact Check: Saying that immigrants are “stealing your jobs” is an over-exaggerated phrase. In an article released by Brookings.edu, author Brennan Hoban summarizes that, yes, immigrants do come here looking for jobs, but never are they stealing jobs from Americans with a degree or Americans with high school diplomas. Why?  Because most immigrants working in the U.S. aren’t able to read or write. (Even if they do, most have trouble with the English language). The simple truth here is that immigrants take jobs that no one wants. Labor work. Labor work consists of immigrants. Rarely do you see a birthright American citizen working the labor work that an illegal immigrant would?
  • Statement: “The wall will also be paid for, indirectly by the great new deal we have made with Mexico.”
    • Fact Check: The new deal is a renegotiation of the NAFTA agreement. However, the “great new trade deal” has yet to even be passed by Congress. The deal’s  main gain to the U.S. is benefiting more American farmers through this trade. Not even in its main points does it talk about the Wall at all.

Following Trump’s national address, Democrats, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S House of Representatives and Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senate minority leader took the stance of being the Democratic response.

If the government is still shutdown by the time Jan.12 hits, we will break the longest government shutdown streak in the U.S. of 21 days during the Clinton Administration… yeah.