Donald Trump's rally in El Paso to buck wall foes

No wall on White House talking points on State of the Union | McClatchy Washington Bureau

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If Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader McConnell embrace a bi-partisan agreement, if it suits President Trump he will likely sign it. But violent crime fell long before the wall was built in El Paso, with violent crime falling 34% between 1993 and 2006 in the city.

"We can't stop here", said Oscar Lopez, a 33-year-old Honduran traveling with his wife and two daughters.

O'Rourke's speech is set to begin at 9 p.m. ET - the same time Trump is scheduled to take the stage one street and less than a quarter of a mile away.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, who met earlier on Thursday at the White House with Trump, told reporters the 17 Senate and House of Representatives negotiators were on "a positive trajectory". Democrats, so far, have resisted giving them the tools they've said are critical to keeping the border secure.

Many say they are also waiting for a so-called humanitarian visa from the Mexican government that could lead to local job opportunities, but are afraid of the area's hyper-violent Zetas drug cartel that has targeted migrants in the past. "It seeks emotionally to connect with us, with voters - to stoke anxiety and paranoia, to win power over "the other" on the basis of lies that vilify people". But that was before they installed a "powerful barrier" and now it's "one of our safest cities". He asserted that with its wall, "El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country".

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Last year, a bipartisan Senate panel approved $1.6 billion for 65 miles of pedestrian fencing in Texas - in line with Trump's official request. "President Trump continues to give a false narrative about a great city that truly represents what this great nation is all about", the sheriff said.

"The broader 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 risky cities", Trump said. Statistics gathered by the El Paso Times indicated that the city has actually seen a rise in violent crimes since 2006. He claimed that building a fence from El Paso to Brownsville, Texas, isn't realistic, citing the terrain and the fact that much of the land is privately owned. On Monday, he's going to El Paso to rally support for his Wall.

The fence was constructed in 2008 and 2009.

In other words, Federal Bureau of Investigation and El Paso Police Department statistics show no correlation whatsoever between El Paso's decrease in crime and additional border fencing in that area. He held up the border city El Paso as a stunning success of crime reduction that would follow the construction of a wall, but a closer look at crime trends and El Paso law enforcement offer a different story.

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