Trump supporters form human wall at southern border

Lester Mason
February 11, 2019

In January, O'Rourke said that walls on the border "ensure death". But many in El Paso, site of Trump's rally Monday night, say the city was safe for decades and embodies a cross-border spirit that transcends walls rather than prove they work.

O'Rourke, who became a Democratic star in 2018 during his unexpectedly close but unsuccessful bid for a U.S. Texas Senate seat, will make a speech lambasting Trump's plans for a border wall as Trump promotes his long-promised barrier at an event nearby. Waving American flags and wearing red "Make America great again" hats, the protesters stood side by side and chanted "Build a wall" at the boundary between Sunland Park and Anapra, Mexico, CBS Austin reported.

As of 2014, Federal Bureau of Investigation data show El Paso still had the third lowest violent crime rate among 35 US cities with a population over 500,000 - just as it did before the fence was built.

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

Women's March El Paso has organized a counter to Trump's visit.

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

O'Rourke is joining the "March for Truth" campaign sponsored by several leftist groups protesting the wall and Trump's political rally also scheduled for El Paso, Texas on Monday.

In his State of the Union, President Donald Trump said a "powerful barrier" had cut crime rates and turned El Paso, Texas, from one of the nation's most unsafe cities to one of its safest. It is not the sole deterrent.

In response to his statement, Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar wrote to Trump asking him to apologize to the residents of the city - which she represents - for his comments.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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