El Pasoans take issue with Pres. Trump's remarks, embrace unity

El Pasoans take issue with Pres. Trump's remarks, embrace unity

El Pasoans take issue with Pres. Trump's remarks, embrace unity

Prior to his speech, O'Rourke joined a march with thousands of people demonstrating against Trump's border wall.

Trump has also considered declaring a national emergency to allow him to fund the border wall, though Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell reportedly cautioned him against such a move. "Simply put, walls work, and walls save lives".

Democrats are opposed to the Trump administration expanding its capacity to hold more people arrested by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for eventual deportation. "Safe not because of walls but in spite of walls".

He claimed: "That may be the end of his presidential bid".

President Donald Trump is expected to hold a campaign rally at 9 p.m. ET today.

Trump was bound for El Paso, aiming to reshape the debate around the wall following a damaging shutdown fight and with his signature 2016 campaign promise hanging in limbo. The funding measure is through the fiscal year, which ends September 30. The money will be for vertical steel slats called bollards, not a solid wall. While lawmakers and the White House had appeared optimistic at the end of last week that negotiators were closing in on a deal, talks faltered over the weekend over Democrats' demands to limit the number of migrants whom authorities can detain. "Maybe progress has been made - maybe not".

"I had a choice".

"I'm hoping he gives a bit more details of what his plans are on immigration, whether it's the wall or better and stronger immigration laws", said Cody Perkins a local supporter of the president.


The former congressman, who is considering a presidential run in 2020, says, "We are making a stand for the truth". "If we had a real Wall, this would be a non-event!" They changed "No wall!" and "Beto!"

Reports say Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz will be in attendance for the President's speech. "Right here in El Paso", he told thousands of supporters. But the work focuses nearly entirely on replacing existing barriers. About 650 miles of border barriers have been built since 2006, but the remaining 1,200 miles need to be finished, the president has said, and much of it is in Texas.

Former Democrat Representative Beto O'Rourke pledges to make El Paso even safer without a wall as US President Donald Trump charges ahead with his pledge to build a wall.

Officials cited frustration over Trump's past statements about the border and about Monday's campaign rally, "where it is possible that false statements about El Paso will continue to be made".

Trump's comments about El Paso have already prompted multiple fact checks on his claims. The video references the border barrier in the majority-Latino city.

El Paso never had "one of the highest" rates of violent crime "in the entire country". But that corresponded with similar declines in violent crime nationwide and included periods when the city's crime rates increased year over year, despite new fencing and walls.

Trump deployed more than 2,000 additional troops to the border in October, ahead of the midterm elections.

As support in his own party began to splinter, Trump surrendered after the shutdown hit 35 days, agreeing to the current temporary reopening without getting money for the wall. But almost 8 in 10 Republicans are in favor, with only about 1 in 10 opposed.

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