Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

O'Rourke, Trump to headline dueling Texas border town rallies

O'Rourke, Trump to headline dueling Texas border town rallies

El Paso has historically been one of the safest cities in the U.S. City leaders often cite the city's low crime rate using Federal Bureau of Investigation tracking data to underscore how it has long ranked among the safest urban areas of its size, even before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that prompted the Bush administration to begin adding more fencing along the border in 2007.

The rally comes as O'Rourke nears a decision on whether to join the Democratic race to challenge Trump in 2020 following a closer-than-expected loss to U.S. Sen.

The Make America Great Again rally will take place in El Paso, Texas on Monday at the County Coliseum. The former congressman is scheduled to deliver his speech at around the same time Trump takes the stage.

The president's event and the counter-protest with O'Rourke - which was organized by Border Network for Human Rights and Women's March El Paso - come as Washington barrels toward another possible government shutdown over border security disagreements.

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The remarks angered local politicians, including O'Rourke and the city's Republican mayor, because El Paso's crime rate was far below the national US average before its border fence was expanded in 2005. "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.

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, a Democrat, asked Trump for an apology to her city. It is NOT the sole deterrent. "I urge you to treat this visit as your opportunity not only to correct the record and ensure that the misinformation you stated on the national stage is retracted, but also an opportunity to apologize to El Pasoans for the disparagement of our community", the congresswoman added.

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