Washington braces for Trump to weigh in on shutdown deal

Washington braces for Trump to weigh in on shutdown deal

Washington braces for Trump to weigh in on shutdown deal

"El Paso braces for Trump rally, as another border community deflects images of unsafe city", read the headline on Rick Jervis' story on USA Today, which focused on comments from the founder of Women's March El Paso. Watch his remarks in the player above. He decried the Trump administration's separation of immigrant children from their parents at the border.

O'Rourke, who narrowly lost his 2018 bid for a U.S. Senate seat, accused Trump of stoking "false fear" about immigrants and telling "lies" about his hometown El Paso, which Trump said was a risky place before it had a border fence.

The president announced his rally on Tuesday night during his second State of the Union address, in which he alleged El Paso is now one of the nation's safest cities because of a "powerful barrier" that was put in place - a claim that others disputed.

"It's elitist for people to say they don't want a wall. I could've stayed out there and listened, or I could have come out to the people of El Paso, and Texas, I chose you", Trump said.

On immigration, Trump once again promised to build a border wall between Mexico and the United States.

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.

"I don't care if a mayor is a Republican or a Democrat, they're full of crap when they say it hasn't made a big difference", he said.

O'Rourke, who is part of a counter-rally planned for the same time as Trump's, accused the president of "racist, inflammatory rhetoric" in a piece he wrote for Medium on Saturday.

A big U.S. flag along with three "finish the wall" banners lined the El Paso County Coliseum, making it clear immigration and border security were at the center of Trump's speech.

Trump didn't bring up the deal during his El Paso rally. The consensus? He's incorrect. At one point in January the President confused El Paso with San Antonio, a city hundreds of miles from the border. As proof, he cited the noticeable drop in crime after the barrier was built. Texas' Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, R-Texas also joined the President.

"The truth is that El Paso was a safe city before the wall".

El Paso never had "one of the highest" rates of violent crime "in the entire country". More than 6,500 violent crimes were recorded that year, the newspaper reported.

The demonstration took place at Sunland Park, New Mexico, where there is a gap in the current physical barrier between the USA and Mexico. El Paso had low rates of crime for decades before a fence went up on the border - and if anything, crime went up slightly after it was built.

The crime rate in El Paso also rose from 2006 to 2011.

"You don't need a wall from coast to coast but in residential areas like El Paso it has been very helpful at stopping illegal crossings".

Trump hasn't won many new supporters there, either, particularly after last week, when during the State of the Union he falsely said, "The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime - one of the highest in the country, and considered one of our nation's most risky cities".

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