Migrant caravan reaches town on Texas border


This rally comes as negotiations continue between Trump and congressional Democrats about funding for the border wall the president has long promised.

In the big speech, Mr. Trump pointed to El Paso as proof that walls work, saying a border fence tamed a city that used to be one of the country's most risky places. He asserted that with its wall, "El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country".

The rally, announced Wednesday morning, February 6, provides Trump with an opportunity to make a public case before a friendly audience for his long-promised border wall - a demand that led to the 35-day shutdown that ended January 25.

"As part of our border security plan, we keep DPS on the border with boats & planes".

About 250 active-duty troops have repositioned along the US border with Mexico to counter a caravan of about 2,000 migrants that arrived Tuesday just south of Eagle Pass, Texas, according to information in separate statements released by the departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

President Trump announced that his first campaign stop for the 2020 presidential election would be held in El Paso, Texas on Monday - where the "Trump Baby" balloon featuring the president in a diaper and holding a cell phone will be present.

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After the State of the Union address was delivered, MSNBC anchor Brian Williams spoke with Cal Perry, who relayed the reaction of El Paso's sheriff to Trump's assertion.

A statement from Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed the migrants' arrival but did not indicate when they made it to the border. But Shelby said Trump during their meeting "urged me to get to yes" on an agreement. Trump is looking to point to the Texas city as an example that walls do, indeed, work.

Cuellar said $5.7 billion for the wall is "not going to happen".

Trump may also be doing what comes naturally to him.

In his speech, Trump suggested "compromise" and said he would be prepared to only build a wall in areas where the U.S. Border Patrol saw it necessary - a far cry from his 2016 campaign pledge for one from coast to coast.

In fact, El Paso has never been considered one of the nation's most risky cities and its trends in violent crime mirror national swings. Few people dispute that barriers contributed to sharp declines in illegal border crossings in El Paso and other border communities. He held up the border city El Paso as a stunning success of crime reduction that would follow the construction of a wall, but a closer look at crime trends and El Paso law enforcement offer a different story.