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The Republican mayor of El Paso, Texas has pushed back against President Donald Trump’s inaccurate statements regarding border fencing and crime in the city, which is located near the United States’ southern border with Mexico.
Dee Margo, who has served as El Paso’s mayor since 2017, spoke with conservative CNN host S.E. Cupp on Saturday evening to discuss Trump’s false claims about El Paso and border security. Trump plans to head to El Paso on Monday for a rally to double down on his demand for a border wall, despite Texas lawmakers from both parties criticizing the idea as ineffective.
The article goes on to state the following:
During his State of the Union address last Tuesday evening, Trump insisted that El Paso was safer due to “a powerful barrier” it had constructed.
Margo and other lawmakers in his state have been pointing out ever since that the president’s assessment doesn’t match up with reality. When asked by Cupp if he’d point this out directly to Trump if he repeats the claim during his trip to Texas, Margo responded with a firm: “absolutely.”
In an interview with CNN (see blow), Margo said most people coming into the country illegally aren’t looking to become citiens and vote, but they are instead seeking “economic opportunity.” He suggests giving them green cards after they’ve been vetted, allowing them to work but not vote.
In an opinion piece for USA Today titled, “Despite Trump’s State of the Union claim, our relations with Mexico thrive,” Margo wrote:
We in El Paso, Texas, are a community that transcends the border. While some are concerned about our proximity to Mexico, we choose to celebrate it. While others embrace building a wall, we remind them a fence already exists.
Our community has consistently been ranked as one of the safest in the United States. Though President Donald Trump, in his recent State of the Union address, claimed that the border fence is the reason for these accolades, it is not the full picture.
Our city police’s community-relations efforts and the cooperation between our law enforcement agencies contributed to making our city a safe place to live and work before border fencing was put in place. In fact, between 1996 and 2006, the number of reported violent crimes fell by more than 34 percent.
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