Trump holds rally in El Paso to push for border wall

Trump holds rally in El Paso to push for border wall

Trump holds rally in El Paso to push for 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. The president claimed during his State of the Union that the city was deluged by violent crime until it built a border wall - in fact, it had an extremely low rate of crime before the fencing was built. But many in El Paso, site of Trump's rally Monday night, say the city was safe for decades and embodies a cross-border spirit that transcends walls rather than prove they work.

The White House blamed Democrats on Monday for the breakdown in border security talks over the weekend, Politico reported.

"If people had contacted me about our attorney general's remarks, I would have corrected it at that time", Margo said.

The president's event and the counter-protest with O'Rourke - which was organized by Border Network for Human Rights and Women's March El Paso - come as Washington barrels toward another possible government shutdown over border security disagreements. Trump's rally, hard by the "successful border fence", will be met by the Baby Trump blimp and a galvanized March For Truth and Celebration of El Paso featuring Beto O'Rourke, who often cites the contributions of immigrants to his city.

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More than once, the president has held El Paso up as an example of how a city's safety can be improved by the construction of a wall.

"Now it turns out not only don't they want to give us money for the wall, they don't want to give us the space to detain murderers, criminals, drug dealers, human smugglers", he said. Thanks to his better-than-expected performance against Cruz, his spirited message on the campaign trail, and his mastery of social media, there were immediate calls by some Democrats for O'Rourke to run for president. So far, O'Rourke has not made a decision.

Their demonstration comes ahead of Trump's first campaign rally of the year.

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