More than two weeks have elapsed since the government was shut down in the wake of a disagreement about the federal budget. At the crux of the argument was the $5 billion for a border wall on the U.S./Mexico line. On Tuesday, President Trump addressed the nation regarding what he calls “illegal migration,” from America’s southern border.

“America proudly welcomes millions of lawful immigrants who enrich our society and contribute to our nation,” Trump said during the address. “But all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration. It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages. Among those hardest hit are African Americans and Hispanic Americans.”

The president also spoke at length about the illegal drug trade that flourishes at the border. However, although political experts predicted the president might declare a “national emergency” at the southern border, Trump made no mention of any plan reminiscent of this. He stated his proposal for border security, which included funds for drug interdiction and weapons detection technology, “more agents, immigration judges, and bed space,” along with a wall.

One of the more surprising requests President Trump made was for “humanitarian assistance and medical support.” Interestingly, the U.S. Navy recently deployed the USNS Comfort, one of the nation’s two hospital ships, to South America on a similar mission. At the request of the Colombian government–which has found its social services overwhelmed by the mass influx of refugees fleeing socialist Venezuela–the USNS Comfort steamed south of the equator late last year to provide humanitarian and medical aid.