Trump Supporters Form Human ‘Wall’ Along U.S.-Mexico Border

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Reuters The protesters gathered near an open section of the U.S. -Mexico border in Sunland Park, New Mexico. But many in El Paso, site of Trump's rally Monday night, say the city was safe for decades and embodies a cross-border spirit that transcends walls rather than prove they work.

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

In spite of the President's appearance, failed Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke plans on spoiling the fun by holding a protest march outside the venue of the MAGA rally.

"The president is coming to El Paso Monday".

The sit-down will focus on Trump's pursuit of funding for a border wall ahead of the February 15 budget deadline.

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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.

O'Rourke, who has been seen as a possible contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, avoided calling the president by name as he announced he was joining the march, which a constellation of nonprofit organisations, including Border Network for Human Rights and Women's March El Paso, are supporting.

The statements have been widely rejected by city officials.

In an interview Monday on Fox News, the commissioner of Texas' Department of Agriculture touted the effectiveness of fencing in El Paso, saying that crime dropped significantly in the city. "Law enforcement in our community continues to keep us safe", El Paso Mayor Dee Margo tweeted following the State of the Union address.

In her penned letter to the White House, Escobar asked the president to apologize to the residents of the city for the comments.

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