No wall on White House talking points on State of the Union

Geraldine Edwards
February 10, 2019

It was a more measured tone from Trump, who had previously been dismissive of the congressional negotiations and has threated to declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and fund his long-promised border wall.

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Trump cited El Paso as once having "extremely high rates of violent crime". "Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities".

The contrasting pathways - with Trump set to appear before raucous supporters and Pelosi signalling compromise - came with just over a week until a February 15 deadline for negotiators to reach agreement or potentially face a renewed partial government shutdown.

El Paso's Democratic sheriff, Richard Wiles, disagreed with Trump's claim that the wall stopped crime in the city.

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On Wednesday, the campaign manager for President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign, Brad Parscale, announced that the location for Trump's first rally of 2019 will be held within 1,000 feet of the U.S. -Mexico border in El Paso, Texas.

"We're going to have them up before the appropriations conference committee, and we are going to find out what they want", said Shelby to CNN news.

"The President, using the same racist, inflammatory rhetoric of years past, seeks to build a wall, to take kids from their parents, to deploy the United States Army on American soil, to continue mass deportations and to end the protection for Dreamers", O'Rourke wrote.

Democrats involved in the talks said there was not yet a deal and they hadn't been briefed on the president's new demands. The Border Patrol is also there to meet approximately 2,000 migrants, who are mostly from Honduras.

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Trump's real-world examples of border barrier successes were also deeply flawed. Prior to the wall, crime rates in El Paso and Juarez were closely related to one another. "Simply put, walls work and walls save lives". Now, in 2019, Juarez is one of the most risky cities in the world with almost 200 homicides per month reported in the city of 1.3 million.

If Pelosi and McConnell embrace a bipartisan agreement, it could isolate Trump and pressure him to accept it without re-escalating the fight.

Group members told agents from Arizona's Ajo Station that they were dropped off near the border by vehicles on Mexico's Federal Highway 2, not far from where they were apprehended by agents, customs officials said.

Until recently, most people caught crossing the border illegally were men from Mexico, but now Central American families and unaccompanied minors make up some 60 percent of those apprehended, data from the agency show. The creation of a larger border wall has been a topic of conversation since Trump's presidential campaign back in 2016, with the issue of immigration taking the main stage throughout his presidency.

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