On Saturday, dozens of vehement Trump supporters gathered to form a human ‘wall’ on part of the southern U.S.-Mexico border at Sunland Park where no fencing currently exists. Members of the ‘wall’ sported MAGA hats and thrust American flags into the air chanting, “build a wall.”
One of the protestors present at the ‘wall’ Anthony Aguero, told Reuters that migrants would “have to find somewhere else” to cross the border.
“We are here to bring attention to the fact that there isn’t a wall here,” he said.
The demonstration came only two days prior to the President’s highly-anticipated visit to El Paso, Texas.
Will be heading to El Paso very soon. Big speech on Border Security and much else tonight. Tremendous crowd! See you later!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2019
In his State Of The Union address last week, President Trump falsely claimed that El Paso was one of the nation’s “most dangerous cities.”
He stated the Texas city “used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the entire country and considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities … immediately upon its building, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country.”
Of course, these assertions are wildly inaccurate and have caused backlash and disappointment for many El Paso natives including Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) who demanded a public apology for Trump’s false statements.
“El Paso has never been one of the most dangerous cities in the country, and our safety and security has long been a point of pride,” Escobar wrote. “These distortions about our vibrant community are harmful to our reputation and degrade our spirit.”
According to The Washington Post, El Paso has been listed as one of the safest cities in America for the past 20 years and construction on the border barrier didn’t even start until 2008.
H/T Huffington Post