El Pasoans say history shows Trump is wrong about their city

Supporters of U.S. border security make a human wall to demonstrate their support for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico at Sunland Park N.M. Feb. 9 2019

President Trump Preps for El Paso Rally

After a 35-day partial government shutdown that ended January 25, the federal government could close again if congressional Republicans and Democrats cannot hammer out a compromise.

In his State of the Union address on February 5, the president said that El Paso went from having "extremely high rates of violent crime - one of the highest in the entire country" - to being "one of the safest cities" in the U.S.

Donning "Make America great again" hats, chanting "build a wall" and waving American flags, the demonstrators linked arms near an open section of the border at Sunland Park, northwest of El Paso. Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke will join a one-mile march past Trump's rally and give a speech across the street at about the same time the President plans to take the stage. "He will promise a wall and will repeat his lies about the dangers that immigrants pose", O'Rourke wrote Friday on Medium.

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

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According to him, the act is like they always expect him to make mistake so that they immediately take advantage of that to bully him with chants.

In this week's fact-checking video, CNN's Jake Tapper reviews President Donald Trump's false claim about El Paso's violent crime rates.

El Paso native Beto O'Rourke, a former Democratic congressman now mulling a presidential run, says barriers are inevitable but that Trump's calls for an expanded wall are the "cynical rhetoric of war, of invasions, of fear". "Law enforcement in our community continues to keep us safe", El Paso Mayor Dee Margo tweeted following the State of the Union address.

In response to his statement, Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar wrote to Trump asking him to apologize to the residents of the city - which she represents - for his comments.

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