President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally in El Paso, Texas, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)© AP
President Donald Trump arrives to talk at a rally in El Paso, Texas, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (AP Photograph/Susan Walsh)
EL PASO, Texas — President Trump rallied supporters on the southern border Monday evening, promising to construct a border wall whether or not negotiators in Congress attempting to strike a deal on the problem make progress or not.

“As I used to be strolling as much as this stage, I used to be advised ‘progress is being made with this committee.’ Simply so , we’re constructing the wall anyway,” stated Trump, who spoke on the packed El Paso County Coliseum, situated only one block north of the U.S.-Mexico border. He stood on a podium with two massive purple “End the Wall” indicators hanging within the air to the left and proper of him.

The marketing campaign advised the Washington Examiner it selected to carry the rally — Trump’s first of the yr — on this particular border city as a result of a barrier that was put up there a couple of years in the past has led to a lower in crime.

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“Because the President continues his flight to safe the border, there’s no higher place to display that partitions work in El Paso,” Michael Glassner, Trump marketing campaign chief working officer stated in an electronic mail to the Examiner earlier than the occasion. “President Trump appears to be like ahead to visiting with the patriots of Texas who’re on the entrance strains of the battle towards open border Democrats who permit medication, crime, and intercourse trafficking all alongside our border day by day.”

The marketing campaign discovered a receptive inhabitants in El Paso, the place 62,000 folks signed as much as get tickets. The coliseum suits 7,500, and 1000’s of individuals hung round exterior.

Sara Isabel Pantoja, a Hispanic resident of El Paso who attended the rally, stated extra wall within the area will additional increase safety.

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“The wall they constructed helped crime,” she stated. “Oh sure, 100 p.c construct the wall,” she stated. “We’re right here as a result of we would like President Trump to complete what President Bush began a very long time in the past.”

One other attendee, 24-year-old Mario Guerra, stated he supported former President Barack Obama however thinks including extra wall in his hometown is an efficient factor.

“The border wall has considerably been serving to drop crime, stated Guerra. “Granted, earlier than the wall crime has been dropping anyway,” he stated. “I don’t have something towards or for the wall however I see extra good than unhealthy as a result of, what can we lose?”

Maria Griffith, a mom and El Paso resident, stated she observed a significant uptick within the variety of households attempting to say asylum at a border crossing in El Paso over the weekend. As a grandmother, she stated she sympathizes with the households attempting to deliver their kids in however that the damaging treks and unlawful entries that many pressure their kids to undergo must be stopped, and a wall would try this.

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“If you happen to construct that wall, they’re not even gonna strive. These little children usually are not gonna be in danger,” stated Griffith.

“I spoke to individuals who’ve lived right here a really very long time and so they stated when that wall went up, it was a really completely different ballgame,” stated Trump in the course of the rally.

“Just some thousand ft from the place we stand proper now — it’s one of the crucial harmful locations on this planet, Juarez. Due to a robust border wall … [El Paso is] one among America’s most most secure cities now.

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