Trump supporters form human wall at southern border

President Trump Preps for El Paso Rally

Sources told Fox News on Sunday that negotiations had broken down. "Now, immediately upon its building, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country".

O'Rourke, who became a Democratic star in 2018 during his unexpectedly close but unsuccessful bid for a U.S. Texas Senate seat, will make a speech lambasting Trump's plans for a border wall as Trump promotes his long-promised barrier at an event nearby.

O'Rourke and his allies are hoping to display "the reality of the border - a vibrant, safe, binational community that proudly celebrates its culture, history, diversity and status as a city of immigrants".

"We will meet lies and hate with the truth and a vision for the future", he said in a video over the weekend touting the counter rally. "El Paso was never one of the most risky cities in the U.S. We've had a fence for 10 years and it has impacted illegal immigration and curbed criminal activity". 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.

After a 35-day partial government shutdown that ended January 25, the federal government could close again if congressional Republicans and Democrats cannot hammer out a compromise.

El Pasoans on both sides of the political aisle have pushed back against Trump's false assertions. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, are also expected to attend.

Weeks later, two national groups sprang up to "draft" Beto into running for the White House. On Tuesday, O'Rourke promised a 2020 decision by the end of the month.

Another Texan who has already declared his candidacy for president is also criticizing Trump's rally in El Paso.

Reuters The protest comes ahead of President Donald Trump's planned visit Monday to nearby El Paso.

Paul Steinhauser is a politics reporter based in New Hampshire. "Don't take the bait".



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