Trump tried to put the blame on Democrats as he left Washington, saying they didn't want to provide the bed space needed to detain risky people wanting to come into the U.S. In this democracy, he told residents, "We (can) get past the lies and fear, focus on the facts and human lives in our midst, and do the right thing.The eyes of the country are on El Paso, and we're going to tell our story".
President Trump is holding a rally Monday night to make his case for building a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, traveling to El Paso, Texas, as congressional negotiators continue to haggle over border security funding to avert another shutdown by a Friday deadline. "How bad it that?"
While thousands of Central American migrants wait to enter the United States, a group of American pro-Trump activists linked arms as a human border wall between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on Saturday in a symbolic gesture supporting President Trump's push for a permanent border wall. But that's not true.
"With the president being in El Paso, it provides an opportunity to test a message that's very different than President Trump's message", communications consultant Hector Nieto said.
"The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime, one of the highest in the entire country and considered one of our nation's most risky cities". But that corresponded with similar declines in violent crime nationwide and included periods when the city's crime rates increased year over year, despite new fencing and walls.
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In a release announcing Monday's events, O'Rourke's camp cast the protest as an effort to "show the country the reality of the border - a vibrant, safe, binational community that proudly celebrates its culture, history, diversity and status as a city of immigrants".
Violent crime did not drop in El Paso "immediately" after a "powerful barrier" was put up.
As of 2014, Federal Bureau of Investigation data show El Paso still had the third lowest violent crime rate among 35 USA cities with a population over 500,000 - just as it did before the fence was built.
Another Texan who has already declared his candidacy for president is also criticizing Trump's rally in El Paso.