Trump Supporters Form Human ‘Wall’ Along U.S.-Mexico Border

President Trump Preps for El Paso Rally

President Trump Preps for El Paso Rally

In this February 5, 2019 photo, President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., watch.

El Paso native Beto O'Rourke, a former Democratic congressman now mulling a presidential run, says barriers are inevitable but that Trump's calls for an expanded wall are the "cynical rhetoric of war, of invasions, of fear".

U.S. President Donald Trump is slated to visit El Paso on Monday where he will host a rally Monday night.

He's finally here in El Paso! "Big speech on Border Security and much else tonight", Trump tweeted late morning Monday. Find out where you can see the Baby Trump balloon today!

According to Trump, illegal immigrants pose a national security risk to the United States and can only be stopped by dramatic extensions of current barriers.

But as the El Paso Times pointed out, the crime data has not backed this up.

"He's making an effort to use this community as a prop to make his case for a border wall", O'Rourke said.

And his message will provide a stark contrast to that of the president.

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He would bring fundraising and grassroots firepower to an already crowded Democratic field hoping to take on Trump in next year's election.

Reuters Waving U.S. flags, the protesters chanted, "Build a wall".

O'Rourke is due to take part in the "March for Truth: Stop the Wall, Stop the Lies" event that will pass close to Trump's venue at the El Paso County Coliseum.

"Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities", he said in the speech.

On the ground in El Paso, however, Mayor Dee Margo denied the city's law and order situation was turned around by building the wall. "We were safe before and safe after".

"We're up against people who want to allow criminals into our society", he said of the Democrats. During the event, he will be speaking to counter what he calls the "lies and a false narrative about the U.S. -Mexico border" that the president will promulgate. Weeks earlier, Trump said the change happened "overnight".

The president is demanding $5.7 billion for the project.

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