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Trump supporters stage a 'human wall' at U.S.-Mexico border

Trump supporters stage a 'human wall' at U.S.-Mexico border

Sources told Fox News on Sunday that negotiations had broken down.

The remarks angered local politicians, including O'Rourke and the city's Republican mayor, because El Paso's crime rate was far below the national US average before its border fence was expanded in 2005.

Protests began to rock El Paso, Texas, over the weekend, ahead of a rally Monday by President Donald Trump and counter-march to be attended by former Democratic congressman Beto O'Rourke.

The activists appeared to universally support the president and his long-held pledge to build a border wall, and they seemed to be making their own symbolic barrier where the border fence now finishes.

O'Rourke and his allies are hoping to display "the reality of the border - a vibrant, safe, binational community that proudly celebrates its culture, history, diversity and status as a city of immigrants".

"It is correct that Customs and Border Patrol officials would more barriers on the U.S./Mexico border", Tapper said.

"The president is coming to El Paso Monday".

Supporters of President Donald Trump and his proposed wall gathered at the Texas-Mexico border Saturday, linking hands to form a human barrier of their own.

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O'Rourke is due to take part in the "March for Truth: Stop the Wall, Stop the Lies" event that will pass close to Trump's venue at the El Paso County Coliseum.

A standoff between the president and Democrats in Congress over Trump's demand for $5.7 billion for border wall construction led to an unprecedented 35-day partial federal government shutdown from just before Christmas until late last month.

El Pasoans on both sides of the political aisle have pushed back against Trump's false assertions. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in November.

Weeks later, two national groups sprang up to "draft" Beto into running for the White House.

President Trump is gearing up for his first rally of the 2020 campaign season.

Trump hasn't won many new supporters, either, particularly after last week, when during the State of the Union he falsely said, "The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime - one of the highest in the country, and considered one of our nation's most risky cities".

Paul Steinhauser is a politics reporter based in New Hampshire.