On the eve of the partial government shutdown, Dec. 21, The Times wrote:
Standing in the way of a resolution to the government shutdown is a wall. A still mostly hypothetical wall along large sections of the southern border intended to keep immigrants from entering the United States illegally. A wall that President Trump promised his supporters he would deliver once he was in the Oval Office. A wall that if not built, some conservatives say, could cost Mr. Trump his presidency.
Eighteen days later, the second-longest shutdown in United States history was affecting about 800,000 federal workers, many of whom will miss their first paycheck this week. It is also beginning to inflict pain on Americans whose lives are affected, in one way or another, by the federal government.
President Trump insists on .7 billion to fund the border wall. He argues that there is a “humanitarian and security crisis” on the southern border that must be addressed before a government shutdown can end.
Democrats insist there is no crisis that merits a government shutdown, and that the government must be reopened before negotiations on any border security money begin.
What do you think? Do you support the president’s demand for wall funding? Do you think building a border wall merits a partial shutdown of the federal government?
Now that the shutdown is in its third week, what do you think should happen? Should the president stand firm for weeks, months or years? Should Democrats who oppose the president’s agenda continue to resist? Is there room for compromise on this issue?
How should this standoff be resolved?
In “Trump’s National Address Escalates Border Wall Fight,” Peter Baker writes about the president’s address to the nation Tuesday night about the shutdown and his proposed wall:
WASHINGTON — President Trump doubled down on one of the biggest gambles of his presidency on Tuesday night with a televised appeal to pressure Congress into paying for his long-promised border wall, even at the cost of leaving the government partly closed until lawmakers give in.
Embarking on a strategy that he himself privately disparaged as unlikely to work, Mr. Trump devoted the first prime-time Oval Office address of his presidency to his proposed barrier in hopes of enlisting public support in an ideological and political conflict that has shut the doors of many federal agencies for 18 days.
In a nine-minute speech that made no new arguments but included multiple misleading assertions, the president sought to recast the situation at the Mexican border as a “humanitarian crisis” and opted against declaring a national emergency to bypass Congress, which he had threatened to do, at least for now. But he excoriated Democrats for blocking the wall, accusing them of hypocrisy and exposing the country to criminal immigrants.
“How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?” Mr. Trump asked, citing a litany of grisly crimes said to be committed by illegal immigrants. Asking Americans to call their lawmakers, he added: “This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice. This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve.”
Democrats dismissed his talk of crisis as overstated cynicism and, with polls showing Mr. Trump bearing more of the blame since the partial shutdown began last month, betrayed no signs of giving in. The White House earlier in the day dispatched Vice President Mike Pence and others to Capitol Hill to try to shore up Senate Republicans, who are growing increasingly anxious as the standoff drags on.
In their own televised response on Tuesday night, Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, accused the president of stoking fear and mocked him for asking taxpayers to foot the bill for a wall he had long said Mexico would pay for.
“President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis and must reopen the government,” Ms. Pelosi said.
Students, read the entire article, then tell us:
— Should President Trump insist on funding the border wall, no matter how long the shutdown continues? Should Democrats continue to insist that the government must reopen before they will discuss border security funding?
— Did President Trump’s prime-time address to the nation on Tuesday sway your opinion on this issue? What about the response by the Democratic leaders Senator Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi?
— How do you predict this impasse will be resolved? How do you want it to be resolved?
Deconstructing the Wall: Teaching About the Symbolism, Politics and Reality of the U.S.-Mexico Border
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“【邹】【燕】【妮】，【我】【见】【你】【还】【是】【去】【看】【看】【心】【理】【医】【生】【吧】？ 【你】【是】【不】【是】【和】【他】【睡】【过】【和】【我】【有】【关】【系】【吗】？ 【怎】【么】【你】【还】【想】【硬】【插】【手】【当】【小】【三】【啊】！【就】【是】【你】【愿】【意】【的】【话】，【也】【得】【看】【看】【我】【男】【朋】【友】【愿】【不】【愿】【意】【占】【你】【这】【便】【宜】！ 【而】【至】【于】【以】【前】【发】【生】【过】【什】【么】【事】【儿】，【我】【不】【在】【乎】，【我】【只】【知】【道】【我】【和】【他】【在】【一】【起】【之】【后】，【他】【就】【一】【直】【对】【我】【很】【好】。 【也】【没】【有】【和】【别】【的】【女】【人】【发】【生】【过】【什】【么】【不】【正】【当】
“【好】【了】，【大】【家】【不】【要】【再】【争】【议】【了】，【这】【样】【下】【去】，【我】【们】【的】【军】【心】【绝】【对】【会】【受】【到】【极】【大】【的】【影】【响】，【神】【龙】【帝】【国】【真】【是】【卑】【鄙】，【居】【然】【用】【这】【样】【的】【手】【段】，【真】【是】【无】【耻】【下】【限】。”【宗】【劲】【说】【道】。 【众】【人】【听】【到】【宗】【劲】【发】【话】【了】，【于】【是】【也】【停】【下】【了】【争】【论】【的】【声】【音】，【想】【听】【听】【宗】【劲】【有】【什】【么】【决】【定】。 “【这】【样】【下】【去】【也】【不】【是】【什】【么】【办】【法】，【我】【们】【得】【让】【敌】【人】【知】【道】【我】【们】【的】【厉】【害】，【我】【的】【打】【算】【就】【是】，【打】皇冠箱包【不】【知】【道】【是】【不】【是】【系】【统】【又】【刻】【意】【的】【调】【整】【了】【一】【下】【升】【级】【的】【难】【度】，【阿】【克】【感】【觉】【自】【己】【三】【十】【四】【升】【三】【十】【五】【级】【的】【经】【验】【有】【点】【遥】【遥】【无】【期】【的】【感】【觉】，【等】【级】【榜】【上】【除】【了】【一】【个】【三】【十】【五】【级】【的】【之】【外】，【大】【多】【数】【都】【在】【三】【十】【四】【集】，【至】【于】【说】【三】【十】【三】【的】【行】【吧】，【能】【在】【等】【级】【榜】【上】【找】【到】【就】【已】【经】【算】【是】【不】【错】【了】！ 【而】【这】【种】【情】【况】【无】【疑】【更】【加】【印】【证】【了】【一】【下】【阿】【克】【的】【猜】【测】，【经】【验】【封】【锁】【再】【一】
【见】【羽】【简】【单】【吃】【了】【些】，【就】【跟】【着】【一】【些】【询】【问】【过】【久】【世】【能】【不】【能】【先】【到】【处】【转】【转】【的】【人】【出】【去】【了】。 【嬴】【清】【跟】【了】【出】【来】，【落】【殇】【懒】【得】【去】【搅】【合】【他】【们】【两】【了】，【琢】【磨】【着】【等】【会】【带】【点】【回】【去】【给】【天】【纵】【沙】【他】【们】【吃】。 【此】【刻】【再】【见】【前】【院】【雪】【中】【的】【桃】【树】，【心】【境】【已】【然】【不】【同】，【伸】【手】【去】【接】【被】【雪】【打】【落】【的】【桃】【花】【时】，【能】【隐】【约】【感】【知】【到】【微】【弱】【的】【能】【量】【在】【作】【用】。 【她】【现】【在】【知】【道】【了】，【她】【能】【来】【不】【仅】【仅】【是】【因】【为】
【他】【甚】【至】【就】【是】【自】【己】【在】【做】【梦】。 【但】【是】，【一】【时】【间】，【澹】【台】【墨】【白】【却】【心】【中】【又】【饱】【含】【了】【一】【些】【不】【好】【的】【预】【感】。 “【不】【可】【能】【啊】，【他】【这】【么】【大】【胆】【子】，【还】【要】【对】【我】，【都】【动】【手】【动】【脚】？【真】【是】【不】【要】【脸】。” 【顿】【时】，【他】【已】【经】【诅】【咒】【了】【一】【声】。 【但】【是】，【他】【的】【声】【音】【中】【是】【一】【个】【蕴】【含】【着】【一】【些】【不】【爽】【的】【感】【情】。 【他】【知】【道】【怎】【么】【做】【了】。 【但】【是】【这】【世】【界】，【毕】【竟】【也】【太】【为】【玄】【幻】。