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He said Mexico would pay for it, although Mexico was always clear it would not, and he has now turned to Congress for the money.

Mr Trump said in December he would be "proud" to shut the government down over the wall and last week told politicians it could last months. Pence noted that the Democrats said they would not negotiate until the government was reopened. Democrats are refusing to pay for a wall. Harrowing tales are starting to emerge from the fallout due to the shutdown, including airport security workers calling in sick because they have not been paid and therefore can not make it to work.

The White House moved to pre-empt the Democrats, telling reporters Monday that tax refunds would be paid despite the shutdown.

Trump has offered to build the barrier with steel rather than concrete, billing that as a concession to Democrats' objections to a solid wall.

President Donald Trump will visit the U.S. -Mexico border on Thursday as the partial government shutdown stretches into its third week.

History: In 2014, all four major networks refused then-President Barack Obama's request to air an address on proposed executive actions about immigration, The Washington Post reported. Do we need it everywhere? No. Shortly after the president's remarks conclude, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will deliver a response, expected to be about five minutes long.

Trump has invited congressional leadership back to the White House this week for more negotiations, Pence told NBC, but gave no details about the meeting or any other planned talks. Democrats, who now control the House of Representatives, have consistently opposed it, calling it an expensive, inefficient and an immoral way of trying to resolve immigration issues. "And that doesn't come just from me, that comes from the professionals, they have been doing this their entire lives serving the country...they are saying that works", Morgan said.

Trump said this week that he's open to a wall of steel slats, noting experts have advised him they'd prefer the ability to see through the wall.

At the White House, on Monday, spokeswoman Mercedes Schlapp complained that Democratic leaders have yet to define what they mean when they say they are for enhancing border security.

Trump himself is scheduled to head to the border on Wednesday to make his point about a situation he views as a grave national security crisis, amid growing resentment in Washington about the partial government shutdown that has put 800,000 federal workers on ice.

"Governors stand united in telling the federal government to open the doors of now shuttered agencies while you find a long-term, bipartisan compromise on the issues that now divide Washington", the letter says.