El Paso mayor: Trump 'wrong' to connect crime drop, barrier

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He also raised eyebrows in December when he blamed a border wall as the reason for why an increasing number of migrants have died as they illegally attempt to cross into the country.

In his State of the Union, Trump said that El Paso "used to have extremely high rates of violent crime" and became one of the country's safest cities only after a barrier was erected.

"El Paso is disillusioned by President Donald Trump's lies regarding the border and our community", the resolution concluded.

In this February 5, 2019 photo, President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., watch. Rep. Veronica Escobar, who shredded Matthew Whitaker and said of Trump: "He lies". In fact, "El Paso's violent crime rate dropped 62 percent from its peak in 1993 to 2007, a year before constriction on the fence began", the resolution states. In a case of pointed political counterprogramming, Beto O'Rourke, the former Democratic congressman from Texas now mulling a presidential run, planned an evening El Paso march and rally against the wall with dozens of local civic, human rights and Hispanic groups.

"Hopefully we'll get a chance to visit and talk about and see firsthand what the border really looks like and how we are so closely intertwined, for nearly 400 years, between El Paso and Juarez", Margo said. Ted Cruz in 2018 and maintains an army of small-dollar donors and a large social media following.

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CNN's Jake Tapper opened today's The Lead by calling out President Donald Trump for his false claims about El Paso ahead of his trip their tonight.

Moments before leaving the White House, Trump made it clear that O'Rourke was on his mind.

President Trump is gearing up for his first rally of the 2020 campaign season.

Paul Steinhauser is a politics reporter based in New Hampshire.

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