President Donald Trump is heading to Texas to deliver his first campaign rally this year, but the city he’s heading to isn’t quite welcoming him with open arms.
Some officials for the city of El Paso are openly accusing Trump of of misrepresenting the facts of border barrier effectiveness and are concerned that he will continue to do so at the locale’s 6,000 seat rally.
Many of the detractors cited Trump’s State of the Union speech, where he suggested that El Paso was now one of the safest cities in the U.S. because of increased border security.
“The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the country, and considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities,” Trump said. “Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities.”
That statement set many of the cities’ officials off with El Paso’s Sheriff Richard Wiles countering on ABC News.
“It is sad to hear President Trump state falsehoods about El Paso, Texas, in an attempt to justify the building of a 2,000-mile wall,” Wiles said. “While it is true that El Paso is one of the safest cities in the nation, it has never been considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities. And El Paso was a safe city long before any wall was built.”
Other voices quickly joined in, with El Paso Mayor Dee Margo adding that, “El Paso was NEVER one of the MOST dangerous cities in the US. We’ve had a fence for 10 years and it has impacted illegal immigration and curbed criminal activity. It is NOT the sole deterrent. Law enforcement in our community continues to keep us safe.”
“Misguided” is what former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke called the fencing that was actually built in 2008.
O’Rourke plans to continue to harass the president by holding his own rally the same day in the city.
It’s curious to think how these officials will react once Trump gets his funding to build an actual wall along the border.