US President Donald Trump has said a growing humanitarian crisis must be urgently resolved at the US-Mexico border. In a televised address on Tuesday, he made a case for a border wall as a partial government shutdown enters it's 19th day.
His plea that there is "a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul" was rebutted by top Democrats who said the president "appealed to fear, not facts".
The President's demand for more than five billion dollars in funding for his campaign promise of border wall has been vehemently opposed by Democrats.
He says it will stop illegal immigration and the flow of drugs.
But, this is not just political rhetoric, it's actually affecting Americans.
Al Jazeera's John Holman has more from Tijuana, Mexico, and Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports from Washington, DC.