EL PASO, Texas – President Donald Trump is speaking to the nation Tuesday night in a prime-time television address on what he called the crisis at the nation’s border.
Here’s the scene at Paso del Norte International Bridge in El Paso, Texas as the President lays out his case for a border wall along the southern border, an issue that has led to a partial shutdown of the government:
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The Paso del Norte International Bridge is an El Paso port of entry that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In 2011, three El Paso bridges serviced more than 3.6 million passenger vehicles, 4.2 million pedestrians and 300,000 commercial vehicles as people crossed from Texas into the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, according to the City of El Paso.
“The border crossings connect El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, the world’s largest international border metroplex,” the city says.
A dispute over funding for Trump’s proposed border wall has led a partial government shutdown that is currently stretching into one of the longest in history. Congressional Democrats say they will not provide funding for the wall as Trump has refused to reopen the government until wall funding is secured.
Contributing: Michael Collins, David Jackson, John Fritze and Bill Theobald, USA TODAY