Trump holds rally in El Paso amidst Mexican border clash

EL PASO, TEXAS– President Donald J. Trump held a campaign rally Monday night following last week’s State of the Union address in which he talked about the safety of the Sun City and the impact the border wall has made.

The El Paso County Coliseum was adorned with large banners saying, “FINISH THE WALL.” The Trump rally’s main theme seemed to be the debate of the American/Mexican border wall Trump first promised to build in the 2016 Presidential Election.

“The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime— one of the highest in the country, and considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities,” Trump said during the State of the Union. “Now, immediately upon its building, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities. Simply put, walls work, and walls save lives.”

City of El Paso officials made it clear they were not happy with the comments on the border city before Trump came for the rally.

El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles told ABC News that El Paso is “one of the safest cities in the nation.”

“It is sad to hear President Trump state falsehoods about El Paso, Texas, in an attempt to justify the building of a 2,000-mile wall,” Wiles said. “While it is true that El Paso is one of the safest cities in the nation, it has never been considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities. And El Paso was a safe city long before any wall was built.”

There were an estimated 6,500 people in attendance inside the coliseum, according to a spokesman from the El Paso Fire Department. A considerable amount of attendees held signs that said “BUILD THE WALL” and “FINISH THE WALL”. There were also loud cheers and chants in support of the construction of a border wall.

“Today we started a big, beautiful wall right on the Rio Grande,” Trump said. “Walls save lives.”

The border situation has also been a topic of debate in New Mexico. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered the removal of the New Mexico National Guard from the southern border last week causing a petition asking legislators to impeach the newly inaugurated governor.

The petition reached 39,000 signatures as of Wednesday.

“The governor of the state of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham, has overruled this authorization of the President and ordered the removal of the National Guard,” the petition said. “By doing so, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has deliberately and recklessly aided our enemies in illegal entry to the state, committing illegal activities and endangering the safety of its citizens.”

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