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

President Trump Preps for El Paso Rally

O'Rourke's speech is set to begin at 9 p.m. ET - the same time Trump is scheduled to take the stage one street and less than a quarter of a mile away.

O'Rourke, who lost in his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Texas, promised to blast Trump for stoking "false fear" about immigrants and telling "lies" about his hometown El Paso, which Trump said was a risky place before it had a border fence.

"Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities", Mr. Trump said. During his State of the Union address last week, he addressed El Paso and its proximity to the border.

He's finally here in El Paso!

In an interview Monday on Fox News, the commissioner of Texas' Department of Agriculture touted the effectiveness of fencing in El Paso, saying that crime dropped significantly in the city.

President Donald Trump recently pledged that the United States would build a "human wall" if necessary to secure our borders, and it looks like some of his supporters are taking his words to heart ahead of his El Paso, Texas, rally - literally. "Simply put, walls work and walls save lives", the president said. 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.

"We will meet lies and hate with the truth and a positive, inclusive, ambitious vision for the future from the U.S. -Mexico border", O'Rourke tweeted on Monday afternoon.

Activists gather at the gate near the border crossing fence at the Tornillo Port of Entry near El Paso, Texas, June 21, 2018, during a protest rally by several American mayors against the administration's family separation policy.

The White House blamed Democrats on Monday for the breakdown in border security talks over the weekend, Politico reported.

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