Trump's Trip To El Paso: A Look At Immigration From The Border

Supporters of U.S. border security make a human wall to demonstrate their support for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico at Sunland Park N.M. Feb. 9 2019

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Beto O'Rourke in his hometown. "It's really obstruction" by Democratic lawmakers, he said.

A reporter asked O'Rourke if his participation in the rally to counter Trump means he is gearing up for a presidential run.

The aide said none of the money would be for a "wall", which Trump has been touting since he launched his campaign for president in 2016.

"I have been watching when they have been trying to say, 'Oh, the wall didn't make up much [difference], well you take a look at what they did with the past crimes and how they made them from very serious to much less serious, you take a look at what the real system is", Trump told the crowd. In fact, he has a completely different idea about the border than Trump. Federal Bureau of Investigation crime data suggest violent crimes began declining there in 2006.

He did not mention presidential politics in his rally Monday night but Trump did.

An animated O'Rourke saluted migrants who walk "2,000 miles" to try to join the "idea that is America".

This is exactly what Trump wanted O'Rourke to say, because it confirms his supporters' worst fears about the Democratic Party.

Democratic Representative Nita Lowey said: "I hope by Wednesday we'll have a finished product". We have the chance to tell [Trump] and the country that immigrants commit crimes and violent crimes at a rate less than [people] who are born in this country. He spoke for about an hour and 15 minutes, previewing some of his campaign messaging against "socialism" and zeroing in on a specific potential 2020 contender: Beto O'Rourke, a former congressman from El Paso.

"America will never be a socialist country", Mr. Trump said.

The president has repeatedly compared the size of his crowds to those that attended O'Rourke's event, vastly over inflating his numbers while under playing the turnout at the rival event.

The rowdy crowd chanted "build that wall" as a protester was escorted out.

Three people familiar with Congress' tentative border security deal have told AP that the accord would provide US$1.375 billion to build 90km of new border barriers - well below the US$5.7 billion that Trump demanded to build over 320km of wall along the Mexican boundary.

And after pointing the finger at 2016 rival Hillary Clinton - without evidence - as a source of Russian Federation collusion, the crowd reprised the "lock her up" chant.

The president also commented on the late-term abortion bills championed by Democrats as well as the political scandal surrounding Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others. "Any Republican that supports this garbage compromise, you will have to explain", Fox News host Sean Hannity railed on Monday.

Lawmakers formed a conference committee that's been tasked with reaching a deal on border security before the next shutdown deadline.

Trump delivered his usual message about illegal immigration bring drugs and crime into the United States, saying a "strong wall" would stop those alleged ills on society.

"'The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime - one of the highest in the entire country, and considered one of our nation's most risky cities, ' Trump said last Tuesday during his annual address".

The whole rally largely stuck to Trump's usual talking points - ticking off economic successes, trade deals, boasting about his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and rehashing much of what he had said last week in his State of the Union address.

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