Trump's more measured on border security talks

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On Wednesday, El Paso, Texas, mayor Dee Margo joined Hardball With Chris Matthews to refute President Trump's claim during the State of the Union address on Tuesday that El Paso was one of the most risky cities in the country until a barrier was built on its southern border.

But Trump met earlier Thursday with Sen.

Just hours earlier, the president reiterated in his State of the Union a repeatedly debunked claim that El Paso was one of the country's most risky cities until the Secure Fence Act of 2006 was passed and several miles of barrier were built there.

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. But Shelby said Trump during their meeting "urged me to get to yes" on an agreement.

The march is set to begin near Bowie High School, pass the convention center holding Trump's event and finish at Chalio Acosta Sports Center - a one-mile trip along the US-Mexico border.

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.

Trump had previously said he doesn't expect the talks to produce much and he's threatened to declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and build a U.S. -Mexico border wall.

"Together, we represent the most extraordinary nation in all of history".

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It will be Trump's first in the city, but his seventh in Texas.

On that note, Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff Mark Napier said his address was largely a "positive message".

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. At its worst ever, El Paso suffered more than 6,500 violent crimes in 1993, but today it's fewer than 2,500, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R:KY), has also given negotiators a green light to seek a deal that he's said he hopes Trump would find "worth signing". El Paso was safe before the border wall.

"El Paso is safe due to its people, the good community relations with law enforcement, and the trust of all communities in our local institutions", Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights, said in a statement.

El Paso's crime rate fell between 1993 and 2006 by more than 34 percent - but it wasn't because of a wall. The rally is scheduled for Monday in El Paso, Texas, The Hill reported.

"Let me assure you: We will not rest or relent until we have the technology, the personnel and the barriers required to secure our southern border".

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