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GettyImages-1096713762 President Trump Preps for El Paso Rally
Deanna Wagner | 11 February, 2019, 20:56

The events, which will feature music and other speakers, are meant to highlight El Paso's strength as a binational community - and push back against Trump's long-sought border wall.

Trump made the claim last week in his State of the Union Address when he said El Paso "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". Waving American flags and wearing red "Make America great again" hats, the protesters stood side by side and chanted "Build a wall" at the boundary between Sunland Park and Anapra, Mexico, CBS Austin reported.

Trump is set to hold the rally in the border city Monday to further advocate for his long-promised wall, his first rally of the next presidential campaign.

"Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities", Trump said. "They're being exploited. Walls absolutely work, there's no doubt about it", he said.

El Paso, Texas, Mayor Dee Margo said hours before President Donald Trump is due to visit his city that Trump was wrong to claim a border barrier was responsible for El Paso's drop in crime.

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In spite of the President's appearance, failed Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke plans on spoiling the fun by holding a protest march outside the venue of the MAGA rally. The former congressman is scheduled to deliver his speech at around the same time Trump takes the stage.

In her penned letter to the White House, Escobar asked the president to apologize to the residents of the city for the comments.

Women's March El Paso has organized a counter to Trump's visit.

"These distortions about our vibrant community are harmful to our reputation and degrade our spirit", Escobar wrote.