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OpinionEl Paso mayor: Despite Trump's State of the Union claim, our relations with Mexico thrive

02:40  12 february  2019
02:40  12 february  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

A border fence did not lower crime rates in El Paso. In fact, crime went up a bit.

A border fence did not lower crime rates in El Paso. In fact, crime went up a bit. During his State of the Union speech, President Trump tried to make the case for his border wall with wildly false claims about the Texas border city. President Donald Trump tried to make the case for his border wall Tuesday during his State of the Union address by repeating a lie about violent crime along the Texas-Mexico border. “The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the country, and [was] considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities. Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities,” Trump said.

In El Paso , families live and work on both sides of the border. This centuries-long connection makes us Read more commentary: Despite State of the Union rhetoric, immigrants contribute to US and Contrary to what you may hear or perceive, our city' s relationship with Mexico has ushered in an

“ Trump lied to the nation about El Paso at the State of the Union . He openly distorted the facts and the reality of our border region to justify the He continued: “ El Paso is safe due to its people, the good community relation with law enforcement, and the trust of all communities in our local institutions.

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We in El Paso, Texas, are a community that transcends the border. While some are concerned about our proximity to Mexico, we choose to celebrate it. While others embrace building a wall, we remind them a fence already exists.

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Trump said barriers turned El Paso from one of the nation' s most dangerous cities to one of its safest, but that' s not true. El Paso , population around 800,000, had a murder rate of less than half the national average in 2005, a year before the most recent expansion of its border fence. That' s despite being

Donald Trump has tried to convince lawmakers of the need for a US- Mexico border wall by making an entirely false claim about levels of crime in a Texan city. “Now, immediately upon its building, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country.

Our community has consistently been ranked as one of the safest in the United States. Though President Donald Trump, in his recent State of the Union address, claimed that the border fence is the reason for these accolades, it is not the full picture.

Our city police's community-relations efforts and the cooperation between our law enforcement agencies contributed to making our city a safe place to live and work before border fencing was put in place. In fact, between 1996 and 2006, the number of reported violent crimes fell by more than 34 percent.

Construction on the border fencing in El Paso did not start until 2008 and it was completed by mid-2009. The barrier between El Paso and Juarez, Mexico, has appeared to act as a deterrent for nonviolent crime, but it is our community’s investment in our public safety and the dedication of our law enforcement agencies that continue to keep us safe.

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EL PASO — This tranquil city of bilingual trans-border commerce is where lurid fantasy meets humdrum reality. In his State of the Union address, he claimed the barrier transformed El Paso from “one of our nation’ s most dangerous cities” It incensed the mayor , Dee Margo, who tweeted: “ El Paso was

Downtown El Paso , Texas, with Ciudad Juárez, Mexico , in the backgroundDenis Tangney Jr./Getty. Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. President Donald Trump used his State of the Union address on Tuesday to repeat the made-up claim that border barriers

A bicultural, binational community

It remains my priority as the mayor of El Paso to ensure that we protect our citizens and community. We are the sixth largest city in Texas and the 20th largest city in the United States. We are also the nexus of three states (New Mexico, Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua), two countries and a region surpassing 2.5 million in population. We have a highly binational, bilingual, bicultural workforce and a population with a median age of 33.

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As a binational region, we are more than 400 years old. Our city surrounds a mountain, with a state park within our city limits. Today, we are a global metroplex seamlessly blending U.S. and Mexican traditions and cultures. Families live and work on both sides of the border, and our sense of community is strong.

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We are the 11th largest U.S. land port and have multiple land bridges that accommodate 20,000 legal pedestrians coming north daily and nearly 25 million people who cross in an automobile or on foot annually. The cross-border commerce between our states is as important as the cross-border community.

Contrary to what you might hear or perceive, our city's relationship with Mexico has ushered in an era of economic growth and regional participation. Today, dozens of Fortune 500 companies reside in Juarez, the Mexican city on the other side of our border fence, for manufacturing assembly. The maquiladora program, in which companies from foreign countries like the United States operate factories in Mexico, has been a great benefit to El Paso. U.S. raw materials are sent to Mexico for manufacturing assembly and returned to the United States. Duties are paid on the labor value added.

Instead of looking to vilify our community, I implore policy advisers from the federal government to visit El Paso. Talk with our residents, eat at our restaurants, walk our streets — you'll see that our city offers a truly safe and international experience. When President Trump visits our city Monday, he will see for himself.

Dee Margo, a Republican, is the mayor of El Paso, Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @mayor_margo.


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