Beto vs. Trump: Dueling rallies along the US-Mexico border

Beto vs. Trump: Dueling rallies along the US-Mexico border

During his State of the Union address last week, the President made an inaccurate connection between El Paso's previously high crime rates and the construction of a border wall.

O'Rourke has denounced Trump on Twitter for stoking "false fear" about immigrants and said the city must use the president's visit to "tell the true story about the border".

After a 35-day partial government shutdown that ended January 25, the federal government could close again if congressional Republicans and Democrats cannot hammer out a compromise.

While thousands of Central American migrants wait to enter the United States, a group of American pro-Trump activists linked arms as a human border wall between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on Saturday in a symbolic gesture supporting President Trump's push for a permanent border wall.

He then plans on holding a counter-rally at roughly the same time as when the President takes the stage.

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"The president is coming to El Paso Monday".

"Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities", Trump said. On Tuesday, O'Rourke promised a 2020 decision by the end of the month.

Trump hasn't won many new supporters, either, particularly after last week, when during the State of the Union he falsely said, "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 unsafe cities".

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. "El Paso's example shows that only with a physical barrier can we stop the flow of illegal immigration, drugs, and crime and secure our southern border", Brad Parscale, campaign manager, said in a statement. "Law enforcement in our community continues to keep us safe".

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