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Caravan migrants stalled at Texas border eye other routes

Caravan migrants stalled at Texas border eye other routes

The Republican president cited El Paso on Tuesday in his State of the Union address as an example of a city he says became safer after a barrier was installed. Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby of Alabama said he hopes to wrap up negotiations by the end of the week. Now, immediately upon its building, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities. These migrants are camped near Eagle Pass, Texas at an unused maquiladora in the Mexican city of Piedra Negras.

The rally will be at 4 p.m.at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, across from the El Paso Zoo.

The Trump administration in December implemented a new policy that requires asylum seekers on the southern border to wait in Mexico until they can see a USA immigration official, a process that can take months just for an initial hearing.

Democrats have been in a position of strength in the talks, after Republicans lost House control in November's elections, Trump forced a record 35-day federal shutdown and surrendered without getting $5.7 billion he's demanded for a wall.

Trump has threatened a new shutdown or a declaration of a national emergency to access other budget funds if he's not satisfied with a deal - steps members of both parties oppose.

Hours after slamming the city, Trump's campaign announced on Wednesday that he will have a rally in El Paso, the home of potential Democraic challenger Beto O'Rourke, on February 11. The same survey points to 6,095 in Baltimore in 2017 - keeping in mind that Charm City has about 72,000 fewer residents than El Paso.

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Like O'Rourke, others in El Paso are critical of Trump's statements, with some asking for an apology for the picture being painted by the president of the city. The city's Republican mayor, Dee Margo, said he's looking forward to the president's visit, but tweeted that El Paso was "NEVER one of the most unsafe cities" in the nation.

During Tuesday's State of the Union address, Trump highlighted the border city, along with San Diego, California, as examples of a lower crime rate since fencing was constructed along the U.S. -Mexico border. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was praised by Democrats for her hard-line negotiating during the shutdown, sat behind Trump as he spoke. "El Paso was a safe city long before any wall was built".

Durbin said that Democrats don't rule out having some added barrier, but said the focus should be on technology to assist in drug interdiction. "We're talking about substance", Shelby said. Trump will go to El Paso in person next week and argue that the wall solved their crime problem.

The President's statement, which has been repeated by public officials and the White House over the course of the previous year, makes an inaccurate connection. "I say this as a lifelong Republican, businessman, and proud American".

She said Trump was seeking billions of dollars to "continue to militarize and weaponize a force that has zero accountability".


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