Alternative Fact of the Week: Patrolling El Paso's criminal hellscape

Alternative Fact of the Week: Patrolling El Paso's criminal hellscape

In Tuesday's State of the Union address, Trump cited El Paso as once having "extremely high rates of violent crime". Richard Shelby of Alabama.

Trump has threatened another shutdown if a new spending bill doesn't fund "a new physical barrier, or wall" along the border. These migrants are camped near Eagle Pass, Texas at an unused maquiladora in the Mexican city of Piedra Negras.

He will host a Make America Great Again rally at 7 p.m. MST Feb. 11 at the El Paso County Coliseum in El Paso, according to an announcement from his presidential campaign.

The Trump administration in December implemented a new policy that requires asylum seekers on the southern border to wait in Mexico until they can see a US immigration official, a process that can take months just for an initial hearing. A stalemate over the issue led to a record 35-day shutdown that ended January 25.

The standoff caused the longest shutdown in USA history, with Trump agreeing to reopen the government to reach a deal. His campaign manager, Brad Parscale, Tweeted that the rally will be held "less than 1000 ft from the successful border fence that keeps El Paso safe!"

Now, it seems that the President will be coming to see just how safe the city of El Paso is.

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Like O'Rourke, others in El Paso are critical of Trump's statements, with some asking for an apology for the picture being painted by the president of the city. Since the spending was the main argument between parties during the shutdown, the Republicans and the Democrats must now work together in a bipartisan conference committee comprised of 17 lawmakers from both the Senate and House of Representatives to negotiate an end result that both the Republicans and Democrats will be happy with, which will prevent the government from shutting down for a second time.

Shelby said, "We are hopeful". "They don't rule out barriers, they don't rule out fences". If Mr. Trump wants to force Congress to spend another $5.7 billion on anything, why not push a few billion our way and create 21st century jobs, or a modern public transit system that serves jobless neighborhoods, or transform Baltimore public schools into the envy of Maryland? El Paso's crime rate has continued to drop in the years since, from 457 crimes for every 100,000 residents in 2009 to 393 in 2014, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics. Using FBI and El Paso Police Department statistics for the 1990s and beyond, the Times' Madlin Mekelburg reported that "between 1993 and 2006, the number of violent crimes fell by more than 34%"-and construction for the El Paso-area border fencing that was authorized under the George W. Bush Administration in 2006 didn't begin until 2008".

"I've been asked, and I think I am going", said Yarmuth, a Kentucky Democrat.

"El Paso has never been one of the most risky cities in the country, and our safety and security has always been a point of pride", Escobar wrote.

She said she'll support whatever the bipartisan group can agree to.

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