Beto vs. Trump: Dueling rallies along the US-Mexico border

President Trump Preps for El Paso Rally

O'Rourke, a former El Paso city councilman who lost to Ted Cruz in the race for a Senate seat for Texas in November, was set to speak at Chalio Acosta Park at 6 p.m. MT. "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.

Ahead of President Donald Trump's rally in El Paso Monday evening, El Paso County passed a resolution stating it is "disillusioned" by the president's "lies regarding the border and our community" and that he is unwelcome in that regard.

Trump was bound for El Paso, aiming to reshape the debate around the wall following a damaging shutdown fight and with his signature 2016 campaign promise hanging in limbo. "We're going to stand up against that and stop this wall".

Trump tried to put the blame on Democrats as he left Washington, saying they didn't want to provide the bed space needed to detain unsafe people wanting to come into the U.S.

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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El Paso is a Texas border city adjacent to Mexico's Ciudad Juarez. The FBI's Uniform Crime Report shows that El Paso's annual number of reported violent crimes dropped from almost 5,000 in 1995 to around 2,700 in 2016.

That includes O'Rourke, a potential 2020 candidate, who came close to unseating Sen. Construction on the border fencing began in 2008 and ended in 2009, as CNN noted after Trump's claim.

El Paso's Republican mayor, Dee Margo, said the city had been safe for years before the wall was built.

As of 2014, Federal Bureau of Investigation data show El Paso still had the third lowest violent crime rate among 35 USA cities with a population over 500,000 - just as it did before the fence was built.

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