O'Rourke, Trump to headline dueling Texas border town rallies

  • O'Rourke, Trump to headline dueling Texas border town rallies

O'Rourke, Trump to headline dueling Texas border town rallies

In January, O'Rourke said that walls on the border "ensure death".

Trump made the claim last week in his State of the Union Address when he said El Paso "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".

Dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump's border security efforts formed a human wall Saturday across a small part of the southern border where there is no fencing.

Reuters Waving U.S. flags, the protesters chanted, "Build a wall". "They're being exploited. Walls absolutely work, there's no doubt about it", he said.

Their demonstration came ahead of the president's rally to be held Monday in the El Paso Coliseum.

Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke will join a one-mile march past Trump's rally and give a speech across the street at about the same time the President plans to take the stage. On Tuesday, O'Rourke promised a 2020 decision by the end of the month.

U.S. President Donald Trump is slated to visit El Paso on Monday where he will host a rally Monday night. "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".

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 USA average before its border fence was expanded in 2005. "Law enforcement in our community continues to keep us safe", El Paso Mayor Dee Margo tweeted following the State of the Union address.

In her penned letter to the White House, Escobar asked the president to apologize to the residents of the city for the comments.