O'Rourke, Trump to headline dueling Texas border town rallies

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The dueling rallies come after Trump claimed in his State of the Union speech last week that a border fence separating El Paso from Mexico reduced the city's high crime rate. Some sported "Make America Great Again" hats, and said they were there to show their support for the construction of a wall at the border.

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.

The rally comes as O'Rourke nears a decision on whether to join the Democratic race to challenge Trump in 2020 following a closer-than-expected loss to U.S. Sen.

"It's a stated fact that the wall has stopped crime, and it has lowered in El Paso", Sid Miller said, adding that an extended border wall is "the most humanitarian" solution to border security.

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.

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On the other side of the debate, Trump's campaign put out a video highlighting the need for a wall and featuring El Paso residents.

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 USA average before its border fence was expanded in 2005.

In a tweet, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo, a Republican, panned the president: "El Paso was NEVER one of the MOST risky cities in the U.S. We've had a fence for 10 years and it has impacted illegal immigration and curbed criminal activity".

Veronica Escobar, a Texas Democrat, has asked the president to apologize for his remarks, CNN reported.

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

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