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Cheers, jeers on border as Trump pushes wall in State of Union

09 February 2019

President Donald Trump will hold one of his legendary Make America Great Again rallies in El Paso, Texas Monday evening.

"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 unsafe cities", Trump said.

Hours after slamming the city, Trump's campaign announced on Wednesday that he will have a rally in El Paso, the home of potential Democraic challenger Beto O'Rourke, on February 11.

"I am asking you to defend our very unsafe southern border out of love and devotion to our fellow citizens and to our country", he said. "I think it is not what I need or what the speaker needs or even the President need, it is what we need to secure our borders".

Last year, a bipartisan Senate panel approved $1.6 billion for 65 miles of pedestrian fencing in Texas - in line with Trump's official request - but newly empowered House Democrats were looking to restrict use of the money, and a key negotiator, Sen. At one point, around 500 of them attempted to storm the U.S. border, unwilling to follow regular entrance procedures and wait for their entrance applications to be approved.

It will be Trump's first in the city, but his seventh in Texas. "And, El Paso was a safe city long before any wall was built".

On that note, Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff Mark Napier said his address was largely a "positive message".

The violent crime rate in El Paso peaked in 1993 (similar to many other USA cities), according to local and federal statistics analyzed by the El Paso Times. By the time President Trump got around to making stuff up about El Paso, he was already headed toward double-digit prevarications.

In fact, El Paso has never been considered one of the nation's most unsafe cities and its trends in violent crime mirror national swings.

A caravan of 1,600 Central American migrants was surrounded Wednesday by Mexican authorities in an old factory a short distance from Texas, where they hoped to seek asylum even as US authorities sent extra law enforcement and soldiers to stop them.

Face to face with emboldened Democrats, President Donald Trump called on Washington to cast aside "revenge, resistance and retribution" and end "ridiculous partisan investigations" in a State of the Union address delivered at a vulnerable moment for his presidency.

From 2006 to 2011 - two years before the fence was built to two years after - the violent crime rate in El Paso increased by 17 percent, the paper reported.

Miguel Riquelme, the Governor of Coahuila, a Mexican state near the U.S. border, told local newspapers that he will not allow more migrants to travel through the area.

Cheers, jeers on border as Trump pushes wall in State of Union