Trump's Bogus El Paso Claim

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The rally is about three miles away from Trump's event and is being called a "celebration of El Paso" or the "March for Truth".

The county passed the resolution hours before Trump's "Make America Great Again" rally, slated to start at the El Paso County Coliseum at 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET). The rally will begin with new El Paso representative Veronica Escobar speaking at the rally, then the group will march to Chalio Acosta Park.

"The president is lying to you to get his border wall", the CNN host said on his program, "The Lead with Jake Tapper", that aired before Trump held a rally in El Paso. "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".

During his State of the Union address last week, the President made an inaccurate connection between El Paso's previously high crime rates and the construction of a border wall.

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"It's a stated fact that the wall has stopped crime, and it has lowered in El Paso", Sid Miller said, adding that an extended border wall is "the most humanitarian" solution to border security.

A Republican National Committee spokeswoman said the barrier in place along the southern border between El Paso and Juarez have worked, including a sharp drop in human trafficking and drug smuggling.

O'Rourke, who has said he will decide whether or not he's jumping into the 2020 presidential campaign at the end of the month, became a popular Democratic candidate during 2018 as he ran to unseat Sen. But that corresponded with similar declines in violent crime nationwide and included periods when the city's crime rates increased year over year, despite new fencing and walls.

El Paso's Republican mayor, Dee Margo, said the city had been safe for years before the wall was built. El Paso's had an estimated population of 683,577 people in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.