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Migrants filmed dropping into shutdown US as Donald Trump challenged over State of Union address

Footage has been released of a brazen attempt by migrants to enter America from Mexico amid the ongoing government shutdown as Donald Trump demands money to build a border wall.

The group are seen huddled together as they take turns to drop down from a high wall from the Mexican side into Arizona having scaled the fence using a ladder.

An apparent people smuggler is seen running away at the end of the video, which was released by Arizona border officials after a group of more than 110 Central Americans were apprehended on January 21.

Donald Trump's agreement to postpone his annual State of the Union Address because of the month-long shutdown was challenged by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Credit: AP

The American federal government is currently under a partial shutdown amid an impasse over funding of President Trump's controversial campaign pledge to construct a wall with Mexico.

Mr Trump's agreement to postpone his annual State of the Union Address because of the month-long shutdown was challenged by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Ms Pelosi picked the president up on his commitment to deliver the address in the "near future".

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The Democrat had told Mr Trump in a letter that the Democratic-controlled House will not pass the required measure for him to give the nationally televised speech from the House floor.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially delayed the State of the Union address. Credit: AP

Mr Pelosi's moves had left the White House scrambling to devise an alternative plan for the speech, which is one of the president's top opportunities to lay out his agenda to the public.

Ms Pelosi, as House Speaker, is second in line to the presidency after Vice-President Mike Pence.