Trump supporters stage a 'human wall' at U.S.-Mexico border

Hugh Fox
February 12, 2019

In this week's fact-checking video, CNN's Jake Tapper reviews President Donald Trump's false claim about El Paso's violent crime rates.

The simultaneous rallies at 7 p.m. MST (9 p.m. EST) coincide with talks to reach a border security deal and avert another government shutdown.

Trump was bound for El Paso, aiming to reshape the debate around the wall following a damaging shutdown fight and with his signature 2016 campaign promise hanging in limbo.

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As Trump prepares for his Monday night rally, some of his supporters have been showing their enthusiasm for his proposed border wall and their concern for protecting our nation's citizens by linking arms in the form of a line along a part of the southern border on Saturday.

Trump is holding a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday night and says he's going there "to keep our country safe". "They'll make it sound like they had more people than we do". Trump's rally, hard by the "successful border fence", will be met by the Baby Trump blimp and a galvanized March For Truth and Celebration of El Paso featuring Beto O'Rourke, who often cites the contributions of immigrants to his city.

During his State of the Union address last week, the President made an inaccurate connection between El Paso's previously high crime rates and the construction of a border wall.

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Some kind of barrier has always divided El Paso from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, which is located directly to its south.

Earlier in the day Monday, O'Rourke plans to join Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar - a longtime ally who took his former seat in Congress after his failed bid to unseat Republican Sen. The FBI's Uniform Crime Report shows that El Paso's annual number of reported violent crimes dropped from almost 5,000 in 1995 to around 2,700 in 2016.

New fencing was erected starting in 2008 and it was completed in 2009. He cast himself as deeply opposed to the president's rhetoric on immigration.

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Violent crime did not drop in El Paso "immediately" after a "powerful barrier" was put up.

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