"The requests we have made before Congress are vital to ending the humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border."
Trump has returned to the line-up of the border wall. This statement makes two claims: that's a security crisis and a humanitarian one at the border. Here's what the numbers show.
In terms of volume, border apprehensions have been compared with 2017 but are still well shy of previous years, when arrests are topped more than a million. In the early to mid-2000s, there were more than 100,000 migrants were appealing illegally crossing the southern border.
In terms of a humanitarian crisis, the term has been used to refer to the US. In December, the deaths of two undocumented children in US custody attracted scrutiny on the conditions.
Violence, drought and poor economic conditions in these countries are among the reasons that some have decided to make the journey.
In 2016, nearly half of the people apprehended at the US-Mexico border came from three countries, compared with roughly 10% in 2010, according to Homeland Security Department data.
"Trump is correct to say that."
What's known as vehicle fencing covers 280 miles. This is fencing that's low to the ground. It would stop a car, but people can easily step over it. Much of this fencing exists in sparsely populated areas where it would be dangerous for people to travel.
What's known as pedestrian fencing covers some 374 miles.
Then, in 2006, George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act, authorizing the construction of some 700 miles of fencing along the US Mexico border. Since 2007, Customs and Border Protection says, it's spent about $ 2.3 billion on fencing and related infrastructure along the border.
It's true that the Border Patrol has identified areas where a wall is useful – but it does not cover the entire southern border and would like to use other security measures, like enhanced technology.
Strained immigration courts
"Our backlog in the immigration courts is now more than 800,000 cases that have been hearing back over the last couple of years. "
Keeping drugs out
"I believe drugs, large percentages of which come through the southern border wants to believe. "
It's important to note upfront that the majority of hard narcotics seized by Customs and Border Protection come through ports of entry , CBP and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
For instance, in the fiscal year of 2018 CBP seized 67,292 pounds of methamphetamine at 10,382 pounds by border patrol agents
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Democrats and the Wall
"Most of the Democrats in Congress have voted in the past for bills that include walls and physical barriers powerful fences. "
There are two pieces of major legislation over the past decade. Here's how Democrats voted:
The 2006 Securely Fence Act, which is titled "Trump. Back then, 26 Senates Democrats voted in favor of it while 17 voted against.
In 2013, 54 Democratic senators supported a commission on immigration bill that included doubling the existing fencing along the southern border.
While some Democrats have supported Legislation involving the construction of physical barriers along the southern border, it's unclear if most have.
"We do not need 2,000 miles of concrete wall from sea to shiny sea." We never did that. "
CNN could not find an instance where Trump had a 2,000-mile concrete wall from sea to sea. In his campaign launch in 2015, Trump did say he would "build a great, great wall on our southern border." And I will have Mexico pay for that wall, "but the language is rather imprecise and it's unclear if he meant the wall would
The President has changed his opinion on concrete vs. steel slat and other materials. In a 2015 campaign speech, he said, "I'll tell you what it's going to be, and it's going to be made of hardened concrete, and it's going to be made out of rebar and steel. "
CNN's Geneva Sands and Catherine E. Shoichet contributed to this report.