Last week at the State of the Union address, President Donald Trump voiced his opinion that the city of El Paso was a violent town until the border wall was constructed. "And the total fencing in the El Paso sector is about 78 miles". Many El Pasoans were angered by the comments and voiced their concern that people outside of the city were getting the wrong perception of our city. And he hasn't given a major rally speech since his unsuccessful but close run for Senate against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.
Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in El Paso on Monday to promote the wall, and O'Rourke is simultaneously planning on leading an anti-wall march. And they made clear that Trump's long-promised border wall is sure to play an outsized role in the presidential race, as both sides use it to try to rally their supporters and highlight their contrasting approaches.
El Paso never had "one of the highest" rates of violent crime "in the entire country".
The El Paso rally is Trump's first since the November midterm elections and comes at a precarious moment for his presidency. Federal Bureau of Investigation crime data shows violent crime in El Paso actually peaked in 1993 and continued on a downward trend falling 60% over the next 13 years.
O'Rourke told Oprah Winfrey last week he would make a final decision about running for president by the end of the month. Lower in El Paso in fact than Houston or Dallas or Ft.
Activists gather at the gate near the border crossing fence at the Tornillo Port of Entry near El Paso, Texas, June 21, 2018, during a protest rally by several American mayors against the administration's family separation policy. "Now it's part of the process for border security, but it's not the total panacea". As proof, he cited the noticeable drop in crime after the barrier was built. In their resolution Monday, El Paso County officials noted the city's violent crime rate dropped 62 percent between its peak in the 1990s to 2007, a year before construction on the fence began. More than 6,500 violent crimes were recorded that year, the newspaper reported. "Law enforcement in our community continues to keep us safe", Margo added.
In this February 5, 2019 photo, President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., watch.