El Paso mayor challenges Trump’s SOTU claim about pre-wall crime rate

El Paso mayor challenges Trump’s SOTU claim about pre-wall crime rate

Former Democratic Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke laughs as with Oprah Winfrey presses him to make the announcement that he is running for president during a live interview on a Times Square stage at "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square", Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in NY. Still, El Paso's crime rate was and is among the lowest for USA cities of its size.

"We didn't want to run the risks of them traveling in open trucks", Borrego said. But he added: "We need border security".

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.

But Trump met earlier Thursday with Sen.

"I am asking you to defend our very unsafe southern border out of love and devotion to our fellow citizens and to our country", he said. O'Rourke and local leaders say Trump's facts are wrong and walls are irrelevant. "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". "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 unsafe cities", he said in a statement to NBC News. According to Margo, along with Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics, El Paso has been one of the safest large cities in America for years.

Hundreds of migrants from the first caravan remain stuck in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, many waiting their turn to legally enter and formally request asylum in the United States.

While immigrant groups and some Democrats have criticized ICE's tactics as heavy-handed, Trump has praised the agency's work in protecting the United States from what he calls unsafe criminals.

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"The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime, one of the highest in the entire country, and considered one of our nation's most risky cities", he said.

A fact check by the El Paso Times found that the crime rate was decreasing in the city before the border fence, as crime rates fell nationwide from the high levels of the 1990s.

Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, tweeted Tuesday that "El Paso has been one of the safest cities in the nation long before the wall was built in 2008".

Trump has been seeking $5.7 billion for border-wall construction.

Trump, during his 90-minute speech, claimed that El Paso went from being one of the most unsafe cities in the United States to being one of the safest.

Trump plans to visit El Paso for a rally next week, a visit during which Margo hopes he gets a chance to show Trump the truth about his city. Juarez has suffered from an abundance of violence involving rival drug cartels, but El Paso has long had some of Texas' lower crime rates.

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