Cheers, jeers on border as Trump pushes wall in State of Union


"We've done really well with this, and we need people".

This rally comes as negotiations continue between Trump and congressional Democrats about funding for the border wall the president has long promised.

Pelosi told reporters that she believes the House and Senate negotiators could reach a deal by the end of this week if "left to their own devices".

President Donald Trump's campaign announced Wednesday morning that he will hold a rally February 11 in El Paso. He asserted that once a wall was built there, "El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country".

Earlier in the day Monday, O'Rourke plans to join Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar - a longtime ally who took his former seat in Congress after his failed bid to unseat Republican Sen.

Trump repeatedly railed against the border city Tuesday evening, saying El Paso and San Diego were dens of violent crime until a fence was built in those communities.

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Trump has been repeating the false claim since GOP Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton reportedly made a similar false statement to the president last month. From 2007 to 2011, El Paso saw a 17% increase in violent crimes. We met with the sheriff of Hidalgo County last week.

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, Trump cited El Paso as once having "extremely high rates of violent crime".

"It would make it better if the Democrats, Republicans, the USA government, the Mexican government and the Honduran government would work together to put on the table something that will resolve this for good", he said, noting that the caravans could disturb the city's $22 billion cross-border trade with the US.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R:KY), has also given negotiators a green light to seek a deal that he's said he hopes Trump would find "worth signing". "I would think he wouldn't, but I don't know what the situation" will be. The facts are clear: "While it is true that El Paso is one of the safest cities in the nation, it has never been considered one of the nation's most unsafe cities, and El Paso was a safe city long before a wall was built.' He finishes by saying, 'President Trump continues to give a false narrative about what a great city that truly represents what this great nation is all about'". He led the House chamber in singing happy birthday to a Holocaust survivor sitting with first lady Melania Trump. El Paso was safe before the border wall.

A fact check by the El Paso Times found that the crime rate was decreasing in the city before the border fence, as crime rates fell nationwide from the high levels of the 1990s.

"Let me assure you: We will not rest or relent until we have the technology, the personnel and the barriers required to secure our southern border". The event will begin at 5 p.m. and O'Rourke is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m., the same time Mr. Trump's "Make America Great Again" rally is set to start.