Is the message the issue, or is it the President?

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, an agent from the border patrol, observes near the Mexico-US border fence, on the Mexican side, separating the towns of Anapra, Mexico and Sunland Park, N.M. An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in government custody early Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, U.S. immigration authorities said. (AP Photo/Christian Torres, File)

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Day 13 of the government shutdown offered two paths: one of hope based on the traditional swearing-in of a new, inspired Congress and the other avenue, that seems to hit an immovable dead end.

Meaning despite the new faces it may be the same old argument over President Trump’s more than $5 billion demand for a wall and democrats insistence that he won’t get it.

Some wonder how much of the impasse is over the actual message on border security, versus who delivers that message.

Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota pointed out, “under Obama, they (democrats) had supported security measures that included similar restraints.”

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, added “We’ve got to have a secure border. And President Obama adhered to that as well. We have an open border...that’s not going to work.”

Though delivered much differently, past presidents from both parties have made similar pleas.

In 2014, President Obama sent a message to immigrant families, “Do not send your children to the border. If they do make it they’ll get sent back.”

In 2007, President George W. Bush in his state of the union speech said, “To secure our border, we're doubling the size of the border patrol and funding new infrastructure and technology.”

In 1995, President Bill Clinton explained in the same forum, “That's why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before.”

But none have used it to so figuratively & literally, as a line in the sand, than President Trump.

“This is president trump’s opportunity to show some real historic leadership. I think he’s the one president who could persuade the country and congress to have comprehensive immigration reform,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, argued though, “We vote for border security all the time.” Explaining the difference now, “The president so far has shown no interest in really solving the issue, he wants to use it as a political talking point.”

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