“We Don’t Govern by Temper Tantrums”


Sahar Alfatlawi, Reporter, Public Relations Officer

According to NowThis News, an average of “one false claim every 34 seconds” was in President Donald J. Trump’s speech to the nation last Tuesday.

On January 8, President Trump addressed the nation’s issues concerning border security and the recent government shutdown. However, his speech was misleading and featured many questionable facts regarding immigration and the circulation of drugs into the United States.

President Trump: ”My fellow Americans: Tonight, I am speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. Every day customs and border patrol agents encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country.”

However, NowThis has confirmed that illegal border crossing has recently “hit a 46-year low.” Most illegal immigrants enter America legally through overstaying their visas. National Public Radio stated that about “700,000 travelers to the United States overstayed their visas in fiscal 2017” and by the end of that year, around 600,000 travelers were still in the U.S.

President Trump’s Oval Office message also addressed the issues regarding the smuggling of drugs through the border, and that building a wall for border security would, according to him, help bring a stop to narcotics, such as heroin, cocaine, and meth from entering the country. However, according to the data that his administration has released, narcotics are being smuggled legally through ports of entry, not through the southern border. Building a wall will not stop the entry of drugs.

Throughout this debate, the nation is facing the most extended government shutdown in history. House Representative Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, used the Democratic response to expose the negatives of this shutdown, including the thousands of workers forced to work without payment, students unable to get fundings from the government to pay for education, and those individuals who just want their tax returns. They ask President Trump to stop this shutdown, but they will be willing to continue having this debate.

Unfortunately, President Trump has failed to sympathize with those affected by this government shutdown, making it evident that Sen. Chuck Schumer was correct: “We don’t govern by temper tantrums.”