New Mexico's political leaders weigh in on border wall debate

New Mexico's political leaders weigh in on border wall debate

O'Rourke, who surprised many in 2018 with a spirited but failed run to unseat Sen. "The President is giving them a voice and we hope that Congress is listening".

And like Trump, O'Rourke used Twitter to spark attention about issues that matter to him.

"The US cities of the US-Mexico border are far safer than the US cities that are deeper in the interior of the United States of America", he said.

One hot topic after the rallies was crowd size.

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"It is going to be the people of the border", O'Rourke told the crowd before beginning the march, "who will write the next chapter in the history of this great country". Now they will need the support of Trump, who must sign the legislation.

The president retreated last month when he agreed to end the shutdown without getting money for a wall.

"On Monday, she and other activists will lead protestors in a counter rally to the president's gathering that will include former congressman Beto O'Rourke, local leaders, taco trucks and teams of mariachis playing Bob Marley's 'Get Up, Stand Up'".

CNN's Jeff Zeleny reported that he believed O'Rourke's crowd to be "a few thousand".

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Not only did President Trump repeatedly mention O'Rourke and his efforts, but numerous sources disputed the crowd number.

The FBI's Uniform Crime Report shows that El Paso's annual number of reported violent crimes dropped from almost 5000 in 1995 to around 2700 in 2016.

As for O'Rourke, NBC News estimated that there were 7,000 and 8,000 people at his rally and march.

Trump also claimed 75,000 people signed up to attend the rally, according to ABC News.

There was a sharp contrast in the content of the speeches.

The Democrat said the event wasn't only about him - or Trump - but meant to tell the true story of life in El Paso. He also talked about those who have spoken out against those claims.

USA Today: "El Paso braces for Trump rally, as another border community deflects images of unsafe city" - "Lyda Ness-Garcia listened with stunned dismay last week as President Donald Trump said her hometown was 'once considered one of our nation's most risky cities, ' then announced a campaign rally here to draw support for his border wall and re-election next year. They're becoming the party of socialism, late-term abortion, open borders and crime", Trump said. But violent crime dropped long before the wall was built in El Paso, falling 34% between 1993 and 2006 in the city.

O'Rourke directly took on Trump over border security and Trump's desire for a wall or other physical barrier. Simply put, walls work and walls save lives. "We have so much to give, so much to show the rest of the country". Now, it remains to be seen if the president agrees. O'Rourke may also have to contend against former vice-president Joe Biden. Fellow Republicans have told Trump such a step would nearly certainly face a legal challenge. He shares 10/1 odds with Biden.

Less than a mile away from the El Paso, Texas stadium in which President Donald Trump delivered what critics described as a bigoted and lie-filled case for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, as many as 15,000 Texans rallied and marched Monday night in a powerful display of opposition to both the wall and the broad anti-immigrant agenda it represents.

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