Trump plans rally, Pelosi seeks deal as wall deadline nears

No wall on White House talking points on State of the Union | McClatchy Washington Bureau

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.

Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX), who represents El Paso, disagreed with the president.

"The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime, one of the highest in the entire country, and considered one of our nation's most unsafe cities", he said.

This is the seventh rally Trump has held in Texas and the first in El Paso.

When Trump discussed El Paso's past, he sounded like he was describing Ciudad Juarez across the border in Northern Mexico.

The governor said it wasn't up to him to stop the new 2,000-person caravan when it crossed Mexico's southern border almost three weeks ago because that's the federal government's job, but now, as it has reached his state, he's doing everything he can to deal with it in the most humanitarian way possible, including the deployment of hundreds of Mexican federal, state and local law enforcement officers to ensure security. If Mr. Trump wants to force Congress to spend another $5.7 billion on anything, why not push a few billion our way and create 21st century jobs, or a modern public transit system that serves jobless neighborhoods, or transform Baltimore public schools into the envy of Maryland?

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"It is sad to hear President Trump state falsehoods about El Paso in an attempt to justify the building of a 2,000-mile wall", El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles, a Democrat, said in a statement about Trump's slam in his State of the Union address.

According to officials, the migrants were detained by the local government in Coahuila state, which arranged for 49 buses from nearby cities Arteaga and Saltillo to safely transport them back into the country's interior.

USA officials are "metering" asylum claims, accepting only about a dozen per day because they say the facilities at Eagle Pass are at capacity.

The comment riled El Paso residents.

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".

We mention Baltimore's crime in relation to Mr. Trump's claims about El Paso not because there's some perverse competition for which city is more unsafe but because it is the misplaced focus of the president that is itself risky. "Large, organized caravans are on the march to the United States", Trump said in his State of the Union address. "Until then, DHS will do everything in its power - with the assistance of federal and state partners - to hold smugglers and traffickers accountable, enforce our laws, and keep American communities safe". Construction of the barrier in El Paso didn't begin until 2008, the Times reported. We will build a Human Wall if necessary.

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