Trump supporters form human wall at southern border

Frederick Owens
February 12, 2019

CNN's Jake Tapper opened today's The Lead by calling out President Donald Trump for his false claims about El Paso ahead of his trip their tonight. "El Paso has never had 'one of the highest rates of violent crime in the entire country, ' according to Federal Bureau of Investigation data". They have said their principal goal is to call for further construction of a border barrier at the frontier with Mexico.

After a 35-day partial government shutdown that ended January 25, the federal government could close again if congressional Republicans and Democrats cannot hammer out a compromise.

As he explores a run for president in 2020, O'Rourke has condemned Trump's demand for a wall on the southern border.

Many locals questioned why Trump said the city was once one of the nation's most risky cities, prompting a written response from El Paso's Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar.

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"It's a stated fact that the wall has stopped crime, and it has lowered in El Paso", Sid Miller said, adding that an extended border wall is "the most humanitarian" solution to border security.

"Tonight, President Donald Trump is going to El Paso, Texas to create a circus of fear and paranoia, like he always does, to tell lies about the border and about immigration", former San Antonio mayor and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said in a video released Monday.

In response to his statement, Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar wrote to Trump asking him to apologize to the residents of the city - which she represents - for his comments. "El Paso was never one of the most unsafe cities in the U.S. We've had a fence for 10 years and it has impacted illegal immigration and curbed criminal activity".

Reports say Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz will be in attendance for the President's speech.

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