US President Donald Trump has talked of a growing humanitarian crisis at the southern border and has called on Congress to fund the wall.
The major television networks and some cable television news stations will air President Donald Trump's speech to the nation live on January 8.
Watch Trump's speech here at 9 p.m. ET. I've also embedded the video below. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) felt that Trump's willingness to compromise on the walls material could mean he was ready to negotiate.
Mr Trump will follow up with a rare trip to the Mexico border itself on Thursday.
Addressing the nation from the Oval Office for the first time, Trump argued for funding on security and humanitarian grounds as he sought to put pressure on newly empowered Democrats amid an extended partial government shutdown. But mostly Trump still wants his wall, which Democrats describe as immoral as well as no solution to illegal immigration.
"Now that the television networks have made a decision to air the President's address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime", Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.
While its repercussions ripple across the country, Mr Trump has also threatened to bypass Congress and invoke emergency powers to build the wall along half the 2,000-mile (3,100km) border.
"Someone is drastically misinforming him", Democratic U.S. Sen.
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Trump said on January 6 he's considering declaring a national emergency as the United States struggles to stop the aliens from entering the country without permission, noting that even his opponents admit he has the authority to do so.
"The president was asked whether it [the national emergency option] is something he was considering, and he said it is something we are looking at...."
A National Park Service ranger looks out onto the city from Trump International Hotel's historic clock tower, which remains open and staffed by the National Park Service despite the partial government shutdown.
Two days after Trump's speech, he plans to visit the southern border, the White House announced earlier in the week. Some 800,000 federal employees have been temporarily laid off - or forced to work without pay.
Experts say if the shutdown persists, Canadians entering the USA will see an escalating impact at the northern border, where Customs and Border Protection officials are working without pay because their jobs are considered an essential service.
The government shutdown entered day 17 on 8 January after a series of discussions between the Trump administration officials and Democrats failed to yield an agreement on funding for the wall.
With his use of a formal White House speech instead of his favoured Twitter blasts, Trump is embracing the ceremonial trappings of his office as he tries to exit a political quagmire of his own making.
Critics have decried the previous separation of migrant children from families, the use of tear gas at the border and the case of two Guatemalan migrant children who died in US custody in December.