Pelosi Wants To Keep White House Out Of Border Wall Negotiations

Pelosi Wants To Keep White House Out Of Border Wall Negotiations

Yet, we need to acknowledge that sometimes America's democracy, while under siege, is also under-served by those of us who are so proud of our roles in keeping Washington government a well-lighted (if not always clean) place.

As President Donald Trump prepares for his first campaign rally of 2019 in El Paso, Texas, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke slammed Trump's ongoing use of his hometown as an example of a successful border wall.

"While some try to stoke fear and paranoia, to spread lies and a false narrative about the U.S. -Mexico border and to demand a 2,000 mile wall along it at a time of record safety and security, El Paso will come together for a march and celebration that highlights the truth", O'Rourke's news release said.

President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

Trump, during his 90-minute speech, claimed that El Paso went from being one of the most risky cities in the United States to being one of the safest.

"We are considered the safest city with a population greater than 500,000", Margo said.

State Rep. Cesar Blanco, D-El Paso, criticized the president's upcoming visit.

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And Ms Abrams delighted Democrats when she acknowledged she had lost, yet refused to concede. Much has changed since last year's State of the Union address .

Glassner's statement echoed a claim made by Trump during his State of the Union address Tuesday night that the construction of a "powerful barrier" along the border in El Paso had dramatically reduced violent crime. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was praised by Democrats for her hard-line negotiating during the shutdown, sat behind Trump as he spoke.

The violent crime rate in El Paso peaked in 1993 (similar to many other US cities), according to local and federal statistics analyzed by the El Paso Times.

Shelby, a Republican, would not provide any details on a possible deal but said the situation had improved now that there was a better understanding of what Trump would support. According to the El Paso Times, this rally is scheduled for 7 p.m.at the El Paso County Coliseum.

CNBC's Christina Wilkie discussed Wiles' response to Trump's claims on Twitter, posting, "Sheriff of El Paso refutes the entire argument Trump is making" about "the wall and crime in that city". By 2010 after the wall was built, El Paso's murder rate had dropped to 0.9 for every 100,000 residents, compared with a national average of 4.8.

The AP noted that the caravan is the first in months to attempt passage through Texas rather than California.

Blaming illegal immigrants for ills ranging from overcrowded U.S. hospitals to working-class job losses, Trump renewed his call for funding for a border wall, and dug deep into divisions in U.S. -Mexico border communities.

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