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Nielsen called the caravan "lawless" and said it highlights the need for "comprehensive border security".

Meanwhile, the White House said Trump will hold his first campaign rally of the year next Monday in El Paso, Texas.

"When they built a wall, El Paso became one of the safer cities", Joyner, 64, said at a "watch party" held by local Republicans.

Still, Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., a close ally of Trump, said Thursday that the deal could be a good starting place - suggesting Trump could take additional action if needed to secure more wall funding without congressional approval.

Trump is expected to draw parallels between the success cities like El Paso and San Diego have seen with a border wall and compare them to cities that now have no border fencing. "President Trump works forward to visiting with the patriots of Texas who are on the front lines of the struggle against open border Democrats who allow drugs, crime, and sex trafficking all along our border every day".

Way back in 1993, El Paso's violent crime peaked with 6,500 violent crimes recorded; by 2006, that had plummeted 34 percent to under 2,700 violent crimes.

Funding for a number of government agencies will expire on February 15.

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Trump cited El Paso as once having "extremely high rates of violent crime". "The plan includes a lot of stuff that I think would enjoy wide bipartisan support, but there's an auditory shutdown when people say two words: the wall".

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.

"We are considered the safest city with a population greater than 500,000", Margo said.

The march, organized by Women's March El Paso, is being billed as a "March for Truth: Stop the Wall, Stop the Lies".

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.

The violent crime rate in El Paso peaked in 1993 (similar to many other USA cities), according to local and federal statistics analyzed by the El Paso Times. "He said one of the president's biggest problems is, when he visits down here, he is not meeting with sheriffs in the counties - those 31 counties in southern Texas that border Mexico - the sheriff said when he came down here for his meeting in McAllen, he did not speak with any of them". "This crisis won't be solved until we have comprehensive border security".

In an official statement, Wiles stressed, "It is sad to hear President Trump state falsehoods about El Paso, Texas in an attempt to justify the building of a 2000-mile wall".


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