Beto O'Rourke to join march against wall countering President Trump visit

Beto O'Rourke to join march against wall countering President Trump visit

Beto O'Rourke to join march against wall countering President Trump visit

Beto O'Rourke, the former Democratic congressman considering a White House run, and President Donald Trump will hold dueling rallies in El Paso, Texas, on Monday over the U.S. -Mexico border and the president's push for a wall.

In his State of the Union, President Donald Trump said a "powerful barrier" had cut crime rates and turned El Paso, Texas, from one of the nation's most unsafe cities to one of its safest.

The remarks angered local politicians, including O'Rourke and the city's Republican mayor, because El Paso's crime rate was far below the national US average before its border fence was expanded in 2005.

"Will be heading to El Paso very soon".

"El Paso's example shows that only with a physical barrier can we stop the flow of illegal immigration, drugs, and crime and secure our southern border", Parscale said. The consensus? He's incorrect.

Trump chose El Paso as a historic crossing point where, he says, walls have eradicated an out-of-control influx of criminals from Mexico and made the city a model for what could happen elsewhere on the border.

Margo said El Paso was safe "going back to 2005", before the construction of border fencing. As proof, he cited the noticeable drop in crime after the barrier was built.

"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". More than 6,500 violent crimes were recorded that year, the newspaper reported. In fact, the city's violent crime rate increased 5.5 percent from fiscal year 2007 (the year before construction of the fence started) to 2010 (the year after construction was completed in mid-2009).

But it's not just the Federal Bureau of Investigation at odds with Trump, Tapper noted.

The crime rate in El Paso also rose from 2006 to 2011.

"Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities", Trump said. "Law enforcement in our community continues to keep us safe", Margo added.

The march is set to begin near Bowie High School, pass the convention center holding Trump's event and finish at Chalio Acosta Sports Center - a one-mile trip along the US-Mexico border.

The PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.

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