Striking photographs capture life behind wall on Mexican border as Trump prepares to argue his case on TV for massive expansion following government shutdown

A striking series of photographs shows the reality of life behind the border wall as thousands of migrants languish in poverty on the Mexican side.
The photoseries, taken at nighttime in Tijuana, Mexico, this week shows groups of migrants gazing across into America from the other side of the wall - which is fortified with floodlights and razor-sharp barbed wire.
The President is set to argue his case for the structure on TV Tuesday night, and will claim that there is a 'crisis' at the US-Mexico border which requires the even more heavily-fortified wall he has been demanding.  
Trump's Oval Office speech, his first as president, will be followed by his visit Thursday to the southern border to highlight his demand for a barrier - after he caused a partial government shutdown last month over the issue.
The administration is also at least talking about the idea of declaring a national emergency to allow Trump to move forward on the wall without Congress approving the $5.6 billion he wants, despite the legal challenges such a move might provoke.  
The talks over ending the shutdown have been at an impasse over Trump's demand for the wall. He has offered to build the barrier with steel rather than concrete, billing that as a concession to Democrats' objections. They 'don't like concrete, so we'll give them steel,' he said. 

Floodlights scattered across the US-side of the wall illuminate the area across a wide ravine which includes several fences to stop migrants getting into America
Floodlights scattered across the US-side of the wall illuminate the area across a wide ravine which includes several fences to stop migrants getting into America

A woman shines a light from her phone in order to read heartfelt murals painted along the Mexican side of the border wall
A woman shines a light from her phone in order to read heartfelt murals painted along the Mexican side of the border wall
President Trump is due to address the nation from the Oval office on Tuesday as he bids to secure an even more heavily-fortified wall across the entire US-Mexico border
President Trump is due to address the nation from the Oval office on Tuesday as he bids to secure an even more heavily-fortified wall across the entire US-Mexico border
People on the Mexican side take pictures with their phones as floodlights from the US illuminate the border wall from across an open zone between the two countries
People on the Mexican side take pictures with their phones as floodlights from the US illuminate the border wall from across an open zone between the two countries

A man stares into the distance from the Mexican side of the wall as thousands of migrants from Central America gather hoping for passage into the US
A man stares into the distance from the Mexican side of the wall as thousands of migrants from Central America gather hoping for passage into the US
The issue of the border wall has forced a partial government shutdown as US President Donald Trump demands the Mexican border is fortified further
The issue of the border wall has forced a partial government shutdown as US President Donald Trump demands the Mexican border is fortified further
Migrants from Central America sit outside a warehouse where some are staying talking to one another on Monday evening
Migrants from Central America sit outside a warehouse where some are staying talking to one another on Monday evening
A boy looks at the border wall, topped with razor wire and bathed in floodlights from the US side, as he walks on the beach Monday evening in Tijuana, Mexico
A boy looks at the border wall, topped with razor wire and bathed in floodlights from the US side, as he walks on the beach Monday evening in Tijuana, Mexico
An aerial view of US President Donald Trump's border wall prototypes as seen from Tijuana across the border from a Mexican settlement
An aerial view of US President Donald Trump's border wall prototypes as seen from Tijuana across the border from a Mexican settlement
Trump recently agreed to build his wall out of steel rather than concrete, a move which he declared was a concession to the Democrats
Trump recently agreed to build his wall out of steel rather than concrete, a move which he declared was a concession to the Democrats
'They 'don't like concrete, so we'll give them steel,' Trump said after announcing the change. He has threatened to prolong the government shutdown unless Congress agrees to his plans
'They 'don't like concrete, so we'll give them steel,' Trump said after announcing the change. He has threatened to prolong the government shutdown unless Congress agrees to his plans
Striking photographs capture life behind wall on Mexican border as Trump prepares to argue his case on TV for massive expansion following government shutdown Striking photographs capture life behind wall on Mexican border as Trump prepares to argue his case on TV for massive expansion following government shutdown Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 07:36 Rating: 5

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