He declared there was "a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul" behind the border debate.
Mr Trump asked those who "refuse to compromise" to "imagine if it was your child, your husband or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken". The Californian police have arrested 33-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico identified as Gustavo Perez Arriaga on charges of killing Singh.
Hoping to demonstrate flexibility during his almost 10-minute speech from the White House Oval Office, Trump said of the border barrier he wants built: "At the request of the Democrats it will be a steel barrier and not a concrete wall".
The president also referred to how drugs such as meth, heroin, and fentanyl were coming through the southern border, and that this would be stymied by a wall that would pay for itself with a new trade deal with Mexico. In Georgia an illegal alien was recently charged with murder for killing, beheading and dismembering his neighbour.
"America proudly welcomes millions of lawful immigrants who enrich our society and contribute to our nation but all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled and illegal migration", Trump said.
"I've held the hands of the weeping mothers and embraced the grief-stricken fathers". I will never forget the pain in their eyes, the tremble in their voices and the sadness gripping there.
"How much more American blood will be shed before Congress does its job?"
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"This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice", he finished. "President Trump, you want to talk about crises?" said Sanders.
So far, there appears to be no way out of the crisis, with the Democrats, who control the lower house of Congress, insisting a wall would be both ineffective and unethical. How and when did the conditions at the border reach the point of becoming a humanitarian and national security crisis such that they demanded a nationally televised address and maybe a national emergency? "This situation could be solved in a 45-minute meeting", he said. "30 million Americans have no health insurance..." There's little concern about that within the White House, where it's regarded as a problem mainly felt in Washington - despite the fact that thousands of federal workers live outside of the capital area. Farmers and small businesses won't get loans they need.
The US president's address came as a way to inform his fellow Americans about the ongoing partial government shutdown, which is now into its 18th day, and to increase people's pressure on the opposition Democrats.
The standoff has resulted in a partial government shutdown since 22 December.
Trump has invited congressional leadership to the White House Wednesday to find a solution.
For now, Trump sees this as winning politics.
Some Democrats have in the past been willing to negotiate some sort of wall funding in exchange for presidential backing of immigration changes that would allow people brought to the USA illegally as children receive legal status.