When President Donald Trump was arguing in favor of a U.S./Mexico border wall during his 2019 State of the Union speech, he cited El Paso, Texas as an example of the safety a wall can bring-and according to El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles, Trump's comments were totally misleading.
"The border city of El Paso, Texas used to have extremely high rates of violent crime - one of the highest in the entire country and considered one of our Nation's most risky cities".
"The fact of the matter is that El Paso and most of the cities on the U.S. -Mexico border boast among the safest crime statistics in the entire country", Barela told the Post.
"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".
"Approximately 2,000 aliens have arrived in northern Mexico as part of a "caravan" seeking to cross the border into Texas", Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen said in a statement.
Trump used about 17 minutes of a speech that ran one hour and 22 minutes to hammer against the "lawless state" of the border.
Trump's appeals for bipartisanship in his State of the Union address clashed with the rancorous atmosphere he has helped cultivate in the nation's capital - as well as the desire of most Democrats to block his agenda during his next two years in office.
In January, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, made the same argument that Trump made last night: that enhanced fencing lowered El Paso's crime rate.
According to officials, the migrants were detained by the local government in Coahuila state, which arranged for 49 buses from nearby cities Arteaga and Saltillo to safely transport them back into the country's interior.
It isn't the first time that O'Rourke, who lost a 2018 midterm Senate race to Republican incumbent Ted Cruz, has decried Trump's policies on immigration and the border wall.
To reopen the government, Trump signed a short-term spending bill, but it did not include the $5.7 million requested to fund his proposed border wall. "We will build that wall one way or another", Pence said. On Monday, he's going to El Paso to rally support for his Wall.
The march, organized by Women's March El Paso, is being billed as a "March for Truth: Stop the Wall, Stop the Lies". The governor of the northern state of Coahuila described the migrants as "asylum seekers", suggesting all had express intentions of surrendering to US authorities.
"Trump's political rally in El Paso is a slap in the face to our community", Blanco said in a statement.
"Let me assure you: We will not rest or relent until we have the technology, the personnel and the barriers required to secure our southern border".