O'Rourke to lead anti-wall march during Trump Texas rally

Central American migrants settle in a shelter at the Jesus Martinez stadium in Mexico City in Mexico City Monday Jan. 28 2019. Thousands of Central American migrants are waiting for Mexican officials to issue them humanitarian visas which give them

The governor said it wasn't up to him to stop the new 2,000-person caravan when it crossed Mexico's southern border almost three weeks ago because that's the federal government's job, but now, as it has reached his state, he's doing everything he can to deal with it in the most humanitarian way possible, including the deployment of hundreds of Mexican federal, state and local law enforcement officers to ensure security.

Down Pennsylvania Avenue at the Capitol, the mood among negotiators was distinctly upbeat, with participants in the talks between the Democratic-controlled House and GOP-held Senate predicting a deal could come as early as this weekend. He asserted that once a wall was built there, "El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country".

Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX), who represents El Paso, disagreed with the president.

Democrats continue to announce their intentions to run against Trump during the 2020 presidential election.

Wiles continued, "The facts are clear: 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 risky cities.' And, El Paso was a safe city long before any wall was built".




Speaking to reporters, Tester said it was "entirely possible we could have a deal in a timely manner, which could be tomorrow but certainly by the weekend".

In January, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, made the same argument that Trump made last night: that enhanced fencing lowered El Paso's crime rate.

Trump agreed in late January to temporarily re-open the government for three weeks until February 15 and allow for a period of negotiations, stipulating that a national emergency declaration is all but certain if his terms are not met. The Security Secretary for Coahuila, Jose Luis Pliego Corona reportedly wants the U.S. to know that Mexican officials are doing everything possible to identify and remove any criminal threat in the group. "El Paso is one of the safest cities in the nation, it has never been '... considered one of our Nation's most risky cities, ' and, El Paso was a safe city long before any Wall was built". 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. Few people dispute that barriers contributed to sharp declines in illegal border crossings in El Paso and other border communities. "You and I, as Americans, have caused the deaths of others through these walls", O'Rourke said. He led the House chamber in singing happy birthday to a Holocaust survivor sitting with first lady Melania Trump.

In a statement Wednesday, Michael Glassner, chief operating officer for Trump's reelection campaign, said that El Paso was chosen as a rally site to highlight the president's message.

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