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

But he added: "We need border security".

The US President Trump has been struggling to obtain $5.7 billion in funding for border security and the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico, which is meant to stop illegal immigration. House-Senate bargainers say their talks have become increasingly substantive and some lawmakers - including Pelosi herself - expressed hopes that negotiators might produce an accord as soon as Friday.

The White House said Trump will hold his 1st campaign rally of the year next Monday in El Paso, Texas.

Of course, President Trump's point was that El Paso's safe streets are entirely the product of a border wall and, of course, that isn't even close to being true.

Still, Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., a close ally of Trump, said Thursday that the deal could be a good starting place - suggesting Trump could take additional action if needed to secure more wall funding without congressional approval. President George W. Bush approved a border fence; construction began in 2008, ended in 2009 - but that didn't lower El Paso's violent crime at all.

The sheriff concluded, "President Trump continues to give a false narrative about a great city that truly represents what this great nation is all about". "@POTUS is once again lying and using the #SOTU address to spread falsehoods about our beloved city of El Paso".

Lyda Ness-Garcia, one of the organizers of the march, said the group met with O'Rourke and he agreed to speak at the rally, march with protesters - and possibly play with some of the bands. He led the House chamber in singing happy birthday to a Holocaust survivor sitting with first lady Melania Trump. Other unresolved questions include the amount to be spent on border security, and whether - as Democrats have proposed - to reduce the number of detention beds for migrants available to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, Fleischmann said.

When Trump discussed El Paso's past, he sounded like he was describing Ciudad Juarez across the border in Northern Mexico. The Security Secretary for Coahuila, Jose Luis Pliego Corona reportedly wants the United States to know that Mexican officials are doing everything possible to identify and remove any criminal threat in the group. Statistics gathered by the El Paso Times indicated that the city has actually seen a rise in violent crimes since 2006. Still, El Paso's crime rate was and is among the lowest for US cities of its size. According to the El Paso Times, this rally is scheduled for 7 p.m.at the El Paso County Coliseum.

The location is symbolic and was alluded to during Tuesday's State of the Union address when Trump claimed El Paso's crime rates have decreased after the building of a border barrier. DHS in December released a list of where it would want to build new sections of wall if Congress provided $5 billion.

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