PHOENIX (AP/FOX 10) -- People are speaking out, following separate speeches by President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.
President Donald Trump says in an Oval Office address Tuesday night that there is a "growing humanitarian and security crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border, though crossings have fallen in recent years.
The president said that all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal immigration. He says it strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages.
The president says among those hit hardest by illegal immigration are African-Americans and Hispanics, though he did not provide any evidence to back that up.
He asserts that the government remains shut down because Democrats won't fund border security.
Trump also suggested that other people, including rich liberals, build walls "not because they hate the people outside but because they love the people inside." He has previously claimed that the Vatican and former President Barack Obama built walls for security. There is not a wall around Obama's Washington home.
The debate over funding for the barrier has been at the center of a partial federal government shutdown. Trump initially vowed that Mexico would pay for the border wall.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the president has "chosen fear" in making the case to the American people for the border wall and Democrats "want to start with the facts."
In her rebuttal to Trump's address, Pelosi said that "we all agree that we need to secure our borders."
She noted that the House passed legislation to reopen government on the first day of the new Congress. But Trump rejects that legislation because it doesn't have funding for his border wall.
She says: "The fact is: President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must reopen the government."
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump should reopen the government, while talks continue.
Schumer noted that Trump had promised to have Mexico pay for the wall. But he says having failed, Trump is now "unable to convince Congress or the American people to foot the bill."
Schumer says, "American democracy doesn't work that way. We don't govern by temper tantrum."
Meanwhile, people at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport say their minds are made up on the issue, and the speech will not sway them, either way.
"I'm not for it at all," said one man. "I think it is a waste of money. I think that money could go towards education or towards veterans."
"It helps the border agents do their jobs better," said another man. "They can't watch every inch of the border, so that would help them take more control of the whole situation."
The Associated Press (AP) contributed to this report.