El Paso mayor: Trump 'wrong' to connect crime drop, barrier

El Paso mayor: Trump 'wrong' to connect crime drop, barrier

"Tonight, President Donald Trump is going to El Paso, Texas to create a circus of fear and paranoia, like he always does, to tell lies about the border and about immigration", former San Antonio mayor and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said in a video released Monday.

O'Rourke is scheduled to begin his remarks at 9 p.m. ET, the same time Mr. Trump is due to take the stage just half a mile away.

Women's March El Paso has organized a counter to Trump's visit. El Paso County passed a resolution stating it is "disillusioned" by President Donald Trump's "lies regarding the border and our community".

"Now it turns out not only don't they want to give us money for the wall, they don't want to give us the space to detain murderers, criminals, drug dealers, human smugglers", he said.


In his State of the Union address last week, Trump said that El Paso "used to have extremely high rates of violent crime", which went down "immediately" upon the building of a powerful barrier.

El Paso is a Texas border city adjacent to Mexico's Ciudad Juarez. 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. The FBI's Uniform Crime Report shows that El Paso's annual number of reported violent crimes dropped from almost 5,000 in 1995 to around 2,700 in 2016. Construction on the border fencing began in 2008 and ended in 2009, as CNN noted after Trump's claim.

O'Rourke, who has said he will decide whether or not he's jumping into the 2020 presidential campaign at the end of the month, became a popular Democratic candidate during 2018 as he ran to unseat Sen.

"We have a line that's very long already", Trump said of his El Paso rally. El Paso's had an estimated population of 683,577 people in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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