Trump defies bipartisanship for border fiction

09 February, 2019, 10:20 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Central American migrants settle in a shelter at the Jesus Martinez stadium in Mexico City in Mexico City Monday Jan. 28 2019. Thousands of Central American migrants are waiting for Mexican officials to issue them humanitarian visas which give them

Margo went on to say in the interview that the fence along El Paso's southern border is only part of the process for security.

Her comments come as congressional negotiators are seeking a deal that has to be approved by February 15 - and satisfy President Donald Trump's demand for border-wall funding - to avert another partial government shutdown.

After negotiators on Wednesday left a private briefing from federal border patrol and customs officials, No. 2 Senate Democratic leader, Richard Durbin, said lawmakers were told the top priority was technology.

Hours after declaring that the El Paso border area was once one of the most unsafe cities in the country but was transformed nearly overnight to one of the safest because of a border wall, President Donald Trump announced he is holding a MAGA rally in El Paso this Monday, Feb. 11. "Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities".

And that was the case this week, as we watched America's 24/7 TV cable news networks during the run-up to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address.

Trump, during his 90-minute speech, claimed that El Paso went from being one of the most unsafe cities in the United States to being one of the safest.

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The White House offered no immediate response to criticism of the president's comments about El Paso.

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"As the president continues his fight to secure our border, there's no better place to demonstrate that walls work than in El Paso", said Michael Glassner, CEO of the Trump campaign. "I would think he wouldn't, but I don't know what the situation" will be.

Speaking to reporters, Tester said it was "entirely possible we could have a deal in a timely manner, which could be tomorrow but certainly by the weekend". By 2010 after the wall was built, El Paso's murder rate had dropped to 0.9 for every 100,000 residents, compared with a national average of 4.8.

"The fact that he's coming out, I'm very pleased", Margo said, "and I hope to have some time to visit with him and show him how our border functions".

While Trump touted a decrease in crime in El Paso since the fence was constructed in 2006 and 2008.

Miguel Riquelme, the Governor of Coahuila, a Mexican state near the U.S. border, told local newspapers that he will not allow more migrants to travel through the area.

It will be Trump's first in the city, but his seventh in Texas.

In fact, El Paso has never been considered one of the nation's most risky cities and its trends in violent crime mirror national swings.

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