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

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O'Rourke is expected to speak at Chalio Acosta Sports Center around the same time the president is scheduled to take the stage at a rally in support of the wall at the El Paso County Coliseum, which is just a block away.

The dueling rallies come after Trump claimed in his State of the Union speech last week that a border fence separating El Paso from Mexico reduced the city's high crime rate.

As he explores a run for president in 2020, O'Rourke has condemned Trump's demand for a wall on the southern border.

"It's a stated fact that the wall has stopped crime, and it has lowered in El Paso", Sid Miller said, adding that an extended border wall is "the most humanitarian" solution to border security.

The city has become a focal point in the ongoing debate over Trump's proposed wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, as the possibility of another shutdown looms due to a standoff in Washington, D.C., over immigration.

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

On the other side of the debate, Trump's campaign put out a video highlighting the need for a wall and featuring El Paso residents. The Republican mayor of El Paso said POTUS is wrong too. "He will promise a wall and will repeat his lies about the dangers that immigrants pose", O'Rourke wrote Friday on Medium.

"The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime-one of the highest in the county, and considered one of our nation's most unsafe cities", Trump said. The events, which will feature music and other speakers, are meant to highlight El Paso's strength as a binational community - and push back against Trump's long-sought border wall.

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, a Democrat, asked Trump for an apology to her city.

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