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

Clay Curtis
February 11, 2019

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.

During his State of the Union address last week, the president made a connection between El Paso's crime rates and the construction of a border wall saying the city used to have "high rates of violence and crime ..." Some sported "Make America Great Again" hats, and said they were there to show their support for the construction of a wall at the border.

He plans to continue making his case for increased border security, which includes funding for the border wall.

The sit-down will focus on Trump's pursuit of funding for a border wall ahead of the February 15 budget deadline.

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O'Rourke is due to take part in the "March for Truth: Stop the Wall, Stop the Lies" event that will pass close to Trump's venue at the El Paso County Coliseum.

During his State of the Union address Trump highlighted El Paso as a positive example of what border barriers could achieve.

Beto O'Rourke, the former Democratic Texas congressman who is considering a 2020 White House bid, will join a march Monday night to protest Republican President Donald Trump's rally at the same time in the border town of El Paso. "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".

Many locals questioned why Trump said the city was once one of the nation's most unsafe cities, prompting a written response from El Paso's Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar. "These distortions about our vibrant community are harmful to our reputation and degrade our spirit", she wrote.

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