President Trump Preps for El Paso Rally

Supporters of U.S. border security make a human wall to demonstrate their support for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico at Sunland Park N.M. Feb. 9 2019

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. The president mentioned El Paso in his State of the Union address last week as an example to support his demand for a wall.

The group gathered near Sunland Park, New Mexico, linking arms and chanting "build a wall", according to CNN affiliate KFOX.

The city has become a focal point in the ongoing debate over Trump's proposed wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, as the possibility of another shutdown looms due to a standoff in Washington, D.C., over immigration. "They're being exploited. Walls absolutely work, there's no doubt about it", he said.

Escobar is set to join Beto O'Rourke, a former Democratic congressman from Texas, who will join a 1-mile march past the president's rally and give a speech across the street around the same time Trump plans to take the stage.

He then plans on holding a counter-rally at roughly the same time as when the President takes the stage. "He will promise a wall and will repeat his lies about the dangers that immigrants pose", O'Rourke wrote Friday on Medium.

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 his State of the Union, President Donald Trump said a "powerful barrier" had cut crime rates and turned El Paso, Texas, from one of the nation's most risky cities to one of its safest.

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

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