Beto O’Rourke holds rally in El Paso to compete with Trump

12 February, 2019, 04:10 | Author: Donnie King
  • Supporters of U.S. border security make a human wall to demonstrate their support for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico at Sunland Park N.M. Feb. 9 2019

O'Rourke's speech is set to begin at 9 p.m. ET - the same time Trump is scheduled to take the stage one street and less than a quarter of a mile away.

During his State of the Union address last week, the President made an inaccurate connection between El Paso's previously high crime rates and the construction of a border wall.

He's finally here in El Paso! "Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities". Residents and local law enforcement members quickly disputed Trump's claim after the speech.

El Paso never had "one of the highest" rates of violent crime "in the entire country". "El Paso's example shows that only with a physical barrier can we stop the flow of illegal immigration, drugs, and crime and secure our southern border", Brad Parscale, campaign manager, said in a statement.

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.




"We have a line that's very long already", he boasted to reporters during a White House meeting with Sheriffs to discuss border security.

"It is correct that Customs and Border Patrol officials would more barriers on the U.S./Mexico border", Tapper said.

Margo said El Paso was safe "going back to 2005", before the construction of border fencing.

Activists gather at the gate near the border crossing fence at the Tornillo Port of Entry near El Paso, Texas, June 21, 2018, during a protest rally by several American mayors against the administration's family separation policy.

A standoff between the president and Democrats in Congress over Trump's demand for $5.7 billion for border wall construction led to an unprecedented 35-day partial federal government shutdown from just before Christmas until late last month.

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