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PoliticsTrump Takes Border Wall Fight to El Paso as Opponents There Protest

05:25  12 february  2019
05:25  12 february  2019 Source:   nytimes.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.

A Trump campaign adviser said the Trump team sees the El Paso rally as less about winning over voters ahead of the 2020 election and more an But there was nothing subtle about O'Rourke's response: He'll be joining a march though his hometown to protest a border wall at the same time as

People marched this year in El Paso , Tex., in protest of the proposed border wall .CreditIvan Pierre Aguirre/EPA, via Shutterstock. Residents and elected officials immediately took to social media to dispel the notion that border cities are dangerous. Mr. Trump is scheduled to hold a 2020 campaign

Trump Takes Border Wall Fight to El Paso as Opponents There Protest© Tom Brenner for The New York Times President Trump on Monday at the White House. He will visit El Paso on Monday for a “Make America Great Again” rally.

EL PASO — President Trump arrived in El Paso on Monday for a rally to champion his border wall with Mexico even as residents and Democratic lawmakers denounced his claim that walls reduce violent crime.

Mr. Trump’s rally, his first since an acrimonious debate over funding of the wall shut down the government, occurred just as congressional negotiators in Washington announced they had an “agreement in principle” on border security that would keep the government open.

Trump announces campaign rally next week in El Paso, Texas

Trump announces campaign rally next week in El Paso, Texas President Donald Trump's re-election team says he'll hold his first campaign rally of the year next week in Texas. Trump plans to rally supporters on Monday at the county coliseum in El Paso. The president often cites El Paso in arguing his case for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to deter illegal immigration and crime.

“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 One Trump campaign adviser said the El Paso trip was scheduled early next week to specifically voters’ focus on immigration policy, not any potential

U. S. Customs & Border Protection announce the official start of construction for new bollard wall to replace 20-miles of primary vehicle barriers. RUBEN R. RAMIREZ/ EL PASO TIMES.

Immigration is already a powerful rallying cry for Democrats hoping to challenge Mr. Trump in 2020, and among those challengers

Among those potential challengers is Beto O’Rourke, the rising Democratic star and former congressman from El Paso. In a bit of political theater that could be a foretaste of the 2020 campaign, Mr. O’Rourke was holding his own rally less than a mile away from the El Paso County Coliseum, where Mr. Trump was speaking.

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The president’s choice of El Paso to make his argument was curious on several grounds. Violent crime actually declined for years in this vibrant immigrant city across the river from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, before the Army Corps of Engineers began building a fence in 2008. It rose during the two years before and after the barrier was constructed.

Beto O'Rourke to join march countering Trump's El Paso visit

Beto O'Rourke to join march countering Trump's El Paso visit Beto O'Rourke is set to counter President Donald Trump's visit to El Paso, Texas, on Monday by joining a one-mile march past Trump's rally and giving a speech across the street at about the same time the President plans to take the stage. As the former congressman from Texas weighs a bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination -- he told Oprah Winfrey this week that he'll decide by the end of the month -- he is participating in a protest against Trump's push for a wall along the southern border. The march, organized by Women's March El Paso, is being billed as a "March for Truth: Stop the Wall, Stop the Lies.

Beto O'Rourke answers questions on is future plans Friday at Paso Del Norte international bridge. Rudy Gutierrez, El Paso Times.

El Paso bristles at Trump 's claim that wall made city safe. The president, who feared a backlash from his most loyal supporters last year if he didn't use the last gasp of unified Republican control in Washington to fight for the wall , isn't expected to provoke another standoff with Congress.

Trump Takes Border Wall Fight to El Paso as Opponents There Protest© Joe Raedle/Getty Images Migrants walking along the border between Mexico and the United States on Sunday near El Paso.

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A Democratic stronghold in an otherwise Republican state, El Paso has long been one of the safer cities of its size in the United States — a trend that local law enforcement officials attribute to the residents and community policing, not to the border fence.

Still, if Mr. Trump wants to force the debate with Democrats, he could hardly have chosen a better place. The presence of Mr. O’Rourke, who represented the city in Congress before he gave up his House seat to run unsuccessfully for the Senate last year, guarantees the president the kind of confrontation he relishes, even if the two men will not come face-to-face.

The president has insisted that El Paso was an example of why a wall is necessary.

El Paso County passes resolution: 'Disillusioned by President Trump’s lies'

El Paso County passes resolution: 'Disillusioned by President Trump’s lies' Officials in El Paso County, Texas, passed a resolution Monday, just hours before President Trump was set to hold a campaign rally in the area, pushing back on the president's remarks about the situation at the border. MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake posted a photo of the resolution, which states that the county is "disillusioned by President Trump's lies regarding the border and our community." "Though it is difficult to welcome him to El Paso while he continues to proliferate such untruths, we do welcome him to meet with local officials to become properly informed about our great and safe region," the resolution says.

El Paso is home to one potential Democratic challenger to Trump , former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who unsuccessfully challenged Sen. But there was nothing subtle about O'Rourke's response: He'll be joining a march though his hometown to protest a border wall at the same time as Trump 's rally.

El Paso is home to one potential Democratic challenger to Trump , former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who unsuccessfully challenged Sen. But there was nothing subtle about O'Rourke's response: He'll be joining a march though his hometown to protest a border wall at the same time as Trump 's rally.

“The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the country,” Mr. Trump claimed last week during his State of the Union address. “Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities.”

Mr. O’Rourke debunked that claim on Friday in a lengthy post on the website Medium, in which he also attempted to set out an alternative blueprint for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws. El Paso’s success, he said, repudiated Mr. Trump’s call for a border wall.

“He will promise a wall and repeat his lies about the dangers that immigrants pose,” Mr. O’Rourke said of the president.

Mr. O’Rourke has spotlighted his heavily Latino hometown on Facebook and on other social media sites as an example of what works in immigration policy. He plans to join a “March for Truth” on Monday that will be a counterpoint to Mr. Trump’s “Make America Great Again” rally.

“We will welcome the president to one of the safest cities in the United States,” he wrote on Medium. “Safe not because of walls, and not in spite of the fact that we are a city of immigrants. Safe because we are a city of immigrants and because we treat each other with dignity and respect.”

Trump: Congress can negotiate, but 'we're building the wall anyway'

Trump: Congress can negotiate, but 'we're building the wall anyway' President Trump rallied supporters on the southern border Monday night, promising to build a border wall whether negotiators in Congress trying to strike a deal on the issue make progress or not. “As I was walking up to this stage, I was told 'progress is being made with this committee.' Just so you know, we're building the wall anyway,” said Trump, who spoke at the packed El Paso County Coliseum, located just one block north of the U.S.-Mexico border. He stood on a podium with two large red “Finish the Wall” signs hanging in the air to the left and right of him.

President Trump says construction for the wall is underway. We mapped the current fencing and what his administration has done so far. The rest of the fencing lies in areas where the terrain makes it difficult to safely cross the border on foot. These sections are shorter and built to block vehicles from

President Donald Trump will take his border wall call on the road to El Paso , a city that is nestled up to Mexico. It's his first rally since the start of the government shutdown and his only announced stop on a post-State of the Union run. El Paso is also the hometown of one of Trump 's potential 2020 rivals

Mr. Trump got the idea to focus on El Paso from an exchange with the Texas attorney general, Ken Paxton, who told him the wall drastically reduced the city’s crime rate and therefore served as a persuasive argument for building a wall along more of the southwestern border.

“After that fence went up and separated Juárez, which still has an extremely high crime rate, the crime rates in El Paso are now some of the lowest in the country,” Mr. Paxton said. “So we know it works.”

While it is true that Juárez has a much higher crime rate than El Paso — and while the fence did cut down on illegal crossings — the rest of his statement is, at best, highly misleading.

The El Paso Times, which analyzed three decades of statistics from the F.B.I. and local police, found that crime peaked in 1993, with more than 6,500 violent crimes recorded. It then dropped by 34 percent over the next 13 years.

The crime rate then increased by 17 percent from 2006 to 2011. Construction of the wall began in 2008, under President George W. Bush, and was completed in mid-2009, during the Obama administration. Crime has ebbed and flowed within a fairly narrow band since then.

Local officials, including Mayor Dee Margo, a Republican, have spoken out against Mr. Trump’s claims. Representative Veronica Escobar, a Democrat who recently won Mr. O’Rourke’s former seat, has demanded that the president apologize and meet with migrant families seeking asylum in the United States.

Border Patrol arrests 330 in New Mexico, many of them unaccompanied minors

Border Patrol arrests 330 in New Mexico, many of them unaccompanied minors The Border Patrol's El Paso sector announced Monday that its agents had taken 330 migrants into custody, hours before President Trump was to visit the sector to make his latest pitch for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The migrants were arrested shortly after midnight at the Antelope Wells entry point in southern New Mexico, which is part of the Border Patrol's El Paso sector. U.S.

The new wall will replace chain link fencing for four miles from the Chihuahuita neighborhood to Fonseca Dr. Mark R Lambie, El Paso Times.

Trump will surely speak about El Paso , border security and his proposed border wall at the rally in the Coliseum, located just a few blocks from the U.S.-Mexico border . Border Network for Human Rights held a march in downtown El Paso Saturday in protest of the proposed border wall .

Among lawmakers who represent border districts, there is remarkably little support for a wall, and Democrats in Washington have stuck to their refusal to give Mr. Trump the $5.7 billion he is requesting for it. The latest numbers floated by Democrats in their negotiations with their Republican counterparts are between $1.3 billion and $2 billion.

Yet Mr. Trump has been undeterred. During his State of the Union address, he repeated grisly stories of violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants — never mind that the crime rate among immigrants is no higher than among native-born residents. He said a wall would stem the flow of deadly opioids and other illicit drugs into the United States — another dubious assertion, given that most drugs arrive at legal ports of entry.

Mr. Trump’s aides are trying to build a momentum after what they believe was a speech well received by his political base. Unlike some of his predecessors, the president did not immediately leave on a road trip to sell the messages in the address. But he has been eager to return to rallies, which energize him and filled up his calendar before the midterm elections.

Simon Romero contributed reporting.

O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could.
Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) said Thursday he would "absolutely" take down the border wall in El Paso, Texas, arguing that the structure has not made the city demonstrably safer. MSNBC host Chris Hayes posed a question from Rep. Dan Crenshaw about whether O'Rourke would get rid of the wall if he could "snap your fingers" and make it happen. "Yes. Absolutely. I'd take the wall down," O'Rourke said on "All In" during an interv iew near the border on Thursday. O'Rourke, who represented El Paso in Congress for three terms, added that he believes city residents would pass a referendum to remove the wall if it were put up for a vote.

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