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Here is how some read­ers of the­day.com re­acted last week to news cov­er­age of Pres­i­dent Trump’s Oval Of­fice ad­dress to the na­tion in which he made the case for why Democrats should sup­port $5.7 bil­lion in fund­ing for a bar­rier on the south­ern bor­der.

“There has been more than one time in the past when the Democrats ap­proved higher amounts of fund­ing for bor­der se­cu­rity. In 2006 that amount was $50 bil­lion over a pe­riod of 25 years. It was ap­proved by 26 Se­nate Democrats. The Bos­ton Globe re­ported that the funds were to cover a se­cure bar­rier along the south­ern bor­der. ThenSens. Hillary Clin­ton, Joe Bi­den, and Barack Obama all voted for the Se­cure Fence Act of 2006.” — Paul Nunes

“Paul: How much of the $50 bil­lion was spent since 2006? All of it? Ap­par­ently walls don't work if 13 years later we need more money to waste on some­thing that didn't work. Yes, we need more bor­der se­cu­rity, but some­thing other than a stupid waste­ful wall. We are in the 21st cen­tury with new tech­nol­ogy.” — Michael Dono­van

“No Demo­crat will dis­pute that they have ap­proved mil­lions of $$ for se­cu­rity be­cause there is no Demo­crat that does not want bor­der se­cu­rity. That said, the money was spent, tech­nol­ogy im­proved, fences were built where nec­es­sary, and since then more money has been ap­proved by Democrats for more per­son­nel. The Democrats have agreed to $1.3 bil­lion in fund­ing for bet­ter, en­hanced se­cu­rity for the south­ern bor­der.” — JL Par­adis

“This (speech) was not a good idea for Repub­li­cans. Know­ing (Trump) can't talk for more than two min­utes with­out ly­ing (and) would be outed as the fraud he is had to be eat­ing McCon­nell and oth­ers up.” — Tom Don­nee

“No one seems to re­al­ize the mon­e­tary bur­den il­le­gal aliens place on our gov­ern­ment and that it af­fects YOUR life in many ar­eas, in­clud­ing health­care, in­fra­struc­ture, ed­u­ca­tion. More money spent on them means less or no money spent on us.” — Muf­fin Austin

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