Trump Supporters Form Human ‘Wall’ Along U.S.-Mexico Border

Cheryl Sanders
February 12, 2019

Trump made the claim last week in his State of the Union Address when he said El Paso "used to have extremely high rates of violent crime - one of the highest in the country, and considered one of our nation's most unsafe cities".

"The country will be watching, and it falls on all of us to tell the true story about the border", O'Rourke said Sunday on Twitter.

Trump's rally comes just four days before the possibility of another government shutdown.

He plans to continue making his case for increased border security, which includes funding for the border wall.

The Make America Great Again rally will take place in El Paso, Texas on Monday at the County Coliseum. The events, which will feature music and other speakers, are meant to highlight El Paso's strength as a binational community - and push back against Trump's long-sought border wall.

During his State of the Union address Trump highlighted El Paso as a positive example of what border barriers could achieve.

Violent crime did not drop in El Paso "immediately" after a "powerful barrier" was put up.

"Tonight, President Donald Trump is going to El Paso, Texas to create a circus of fear and paranoia, like he always does, to tell lies about the border and about immigration", former San Antonio mayor and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said in a video released Monday.

The statements have been widely rejected by city officials. "Safe not because of walls, and not in spite of the fact that we are a city of immigrants". It is NOT the sole deterrent.

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, a Democrat, asked Trump for an apology to her city. "I urge you to treat this visit as your opportunity not only to correct the record and ensure that the misinformation you stated on the national stage is retracted but also an opportunity to apologize to El Pasoans for the disparagement of our community".

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