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President Trump Preps for El Paso Rally

President Trump Preps for El Paso Rally

A week after he told Oprah Winfrey that he'd decide on a White House run by the end of the month, Beto O'Rourke will take on President Trump Monday evening in dueling rallies along the U.S. -Mexico border in his hometown of El Paso.

Donning "Make America great again" hats, chanting "build a wall" and waving American flags, the demonstrators linked arms near an open section of the border at Sunland Park, northwest of El Paso.

Trump's campaign-style rally in El Paso will give the president the kind of populist platform he will seek to build on ahead of his 2020 reelection bid.

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.

Violent crime did not drop in El Paso "immediately" after a "powerful barrier" was put up. "Safe not because of walls, and not in spite of the fact that we are a city of immigrants". The consensus? He's incorrect.

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Ted Cruz last fall - and other activists on a conference call to denounce Trump's push for a border wall.

It's an argument he backs up with lurid warnings about rapists and people traffickers extending far into the American heartland - a message that critics describe as xenophobic and based on heavily manipulated data.

On the ground in El Paso, however, Mayor Dee Margo denied the city's law and order situation was turned around by building the wall. But violent crimes declined in the years since that spike and before construction of the border fence took place.

In an interview Monday on Fox News, the commissioner of Texas' Department of Agriculture touted the effectiveness of fencing in El Paso, saying that crime dropped significantly in the city. According to Federal Bureau of Investigation crime data, the city had the third lowest violent crime rate among 35 US cities with a population over 500,000 in 2005, 2006 and 2007 - before construction of a 57-mile-long fence started in mid-2008.

"We've had a fence for 10 years and it has impacted illegal immigration and curbed criminal activity". The rally will begin with new El Paso representative Veronica Escobar speaking at the rally, then the group will march to Chalio Acosta Park.