El Paso mayor challenges Trump’s SOTU claim about pre-wall crime rate

El Paso mayor challenges Trump’s SOTU claim about pre-wall crime rate

If Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader McConnell embrace a bi-partisan agreement, if it suits President Trump he will likely sign it. "El Paso was a safe city long before any wall was built". The two met last summer in Singapore, though that meeting only led to a vaguely worded commitment by the North to denuclearize.

"We don't have a problem crossing to the other side, Nicaraguans are very well received in the United States, a lot of people have gone over and have gotten asylum", said the engineer.

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.

Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX), who represents El Paso, disagreed with the president.

"As the President continues his fight to secure the border, there's no better place to demonstrate that walls work than in El Paso", the chief operating officer of the Trump campaign, Michael Glassner, said in a statement.

Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights, said Trump "openly distorted the facts and the reality of our border region to justify the unjustifiable: his absurd obsession of a border wall". "It seeks emotionally to connect with us, with voters - to stoke anxiety and paranoia, to win power over "the other" on the basis of lies that vilify people". "But we've progressed to be the number one safest city in the nation". According to Margo, along with Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics, El Paso has been one of the safest large cities in America for years.

It isn't the first time that O'Rourke, who lost a 2018 midterm Senate race to Republican incumbent Ted Cruz, has decried Trump's policies on immigration and the border wall.

Trump will host the rally, which is set for February 11 at 7 p.m. Mountain Time at the El Paso County Coliseum.

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The location is symbolic and was alluded to during Tuesday's State of the Union address when Trump claimed El Paso's crime rates have decreased after the building of a border barrier.

The Republican president cited El Paso on Tuesday in his State of the Union address as an example of a city he says became safer after a barrier was installed.

Trump has been seeking $5.7 billion for border-wall construction.

This is the seventh rally Trump has held in Texas and the first in El Paso.

The comment riled El Paso residents.

For the past 20 years, numerous ratings have listed El Paso as one of the nation's safest cities, The Washington Post reported.

We mention Baltimore's crime in relation to Mr. Trump's claims about El Paso not because there's some perverse competition for which city is more unsafe but because it is the misplaced focus of the president that is itself risky.

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