Trump announces campaign rally next week in El Paso, Texas

Cheryl Sanders
February 9, 2019

The news came just hours after the president's State of the Union speech, in which he reiterated a repeatedly debunked claim that El Paso was one of the country's most risky cities until the Secure Fence Act of 2006 was passed and several miles of barriers were built in the border city.

He said there was nothing in Trump's State of the Union speech, which focused on building a wall, that he thought would help the negotiators.

Hundreds of migrants from the first caravan remain stuck in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, many waiting their turn to legally enter and formally request asylum in the United States.

Sheriff Richard Wiles of El Paso County had a very Trump-ian response to the president's attempt at citing his jurisdiction as proof of the efficacy of walls: "Sad".

In his speech, Trump suggested "compromise" and said he would be prepared to only build a wall in areas where the U.S. Border Patrol saw it necessary - a far cry from his 2016 campaign pledge for one from coast to coast. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., another participant, said both sides are showing flexibility, including Democrats who insisted during the recently-ended 35-day shutdown on no wall funding at all. House-Senate bargainers say their talks have become increasingly substantive and some lawmakers - including Pelosi herself - expressed hopes that negotiators might produce an accord as soon as Friday.

For Congress to be able to pass legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security and a range of other federal agencies by a self-imposed February 15 deadline, the negotiators aimed to strike a deal and write a bill by this Friday or Saturday.

"The fact of the matter is that El Paso and most of the cities on the U.S. -Mexico border boast among the safest crime statistics in the entire country", Barela told the Post. "El Paso was a safe city long before any wall was built".

Still, El Paso's crime rate was and is among the lowest for USA cities of its size.

Like O'Rourke, others in El Paso are critical of Trump's statements, with some asking for an apology for the picture being painted by the president of the city.

El Paso has never been considered one of the nation's most unsafe cities, and its trends in violent crime mirror national swings before and after border barrier construction from 2006 to 2008, Federal Bureau of Investigation data shows.

State Rep. Cesar Blanco, D-El Paso, criticized the president's upcoming visit.

"We can't stop here", said Oscar Lopez, a 33-year-old Honduran traveling with his wife and two daughters.

One of the 17 negotiators, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, left the briefing by Customs and Border Protection agents telling reporters that lawmakers demanded a list of priorities for securing the U.S. -Mexico border from illegal drugs and undocumented immigrants. Trump will go to El Paso in person next week and argue that the wall solved their crime problem.

"I've been asked, and I think I am going", said Yarmuth, a Kentucky Democrat.

She said she'll support whatever the bipartisan group can agree to.

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