This turned out to not be completely true. Instead, Trump’s visit to the Mexican border city—site of the migrant children detention camps—was meant to hammer home his desire for a border wall, a position he doubled down on when he shut down the federal government.
Want to know where Trump isn't visiting today while he's here in McAllen?
Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center, where most of the 2,816 kids taken from their parents were kept in cages.
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) January 10, 2019
While there were indeed hundreds of Trump supporters waving MAGA signs to greet the president in McAllen, there were at least as many protestors voicing their disagreement with both Trump and his border wall.
Some McAllen, TX facts:
85% Hispanic/Latino; 28% foreign born; $45,000 median household income; 25% in poverty; and 142,000 people live in the city. pic.twitter.com/GOI2l219C2
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 10, 2019
The marquee at the Cine El Rey, a 1940s-era theater in downtown McAllen changed its marquee to read, “WELCOME TO MCALLEN, 7TH SAFEST CITY IN AMERICA.”
Welcome to McAllen Texas Mr. President pic.twitter.com/yIEgfr2eJR
— cineelrey (@cineelrey) January 8, 2019
McAllen Mayor Jim Darling has also voiced concerns regarding the logic behind Trump’s border wall push.
Trump is spending all of 3 hours in McAllen, TX today. I visited McAllen in 2018 and found a quiet town that welcomes immigrants, a mayor who doesn't see the need for a wall & who thinks the real crisis is the plight of asylum seekers from Central America. pic.twitter.com/OvPeRgTp5H
— Versha Sharma (@versharma) January 10, 2019
Protestors set up the iconic baby Trump balloon outside of the border patrol station Trump was visiting (where for a photo op he surrounded himself with border agents, drugs, guns, and a trash bag stuffed with cash, all confiscated at international bridges).
Anti-Trump protesters setting up a baby Trump balloon outside the McAllen Border Patrol station. pic.twitter.com/m63Gyl3rxD
— J. Edward Moreno (@edwrdmoreno) January 10, 2019
Look who made it all the way from the UK to the Mexico US Border to welcome President Trump over his temper tantrum visit to McAllen, Texas to get his Humpty Dumpty Wall. #BabyTrump#LULAC #LUPE_RGV #SuVotoSuVoz #BackboneCampaign pic.twitter.com/D65tmqTOF4
— Domingo Garcia (@Domingotexas) January 10, 2019
McAllen wildinnn 😂 pic.twitter.com/AXaz5npXLD
— Amanda Nicole Galvan (@AmandaGalvan_07) January 10, 2019
The guns and drugs Trump is being shown at his event in McAllen, Texas, were seized at ports of entry.
— Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) January 10, 2019
Many lined up with signs penned in Spanish and English:
Welcome to Mcallen, 45. pic.twitter.com/nDqmAthMHS
— Natalie Marquez (@natalietbh) January 10, 2019
50-75 anti-Trump protesters making their opinions known in McAllen today as they await his visit. pic.twitter.com/iHg4ilHBQ6
— News 4 San Antonio (@News4SA) January 10, 2019
People against the wall have now gathered near the McAllen airport ahead of Pres. Trump’s arrival. We now hear competing chants. Supporters chanting “Donald Trump.” Opponents chanting “No border wall.” pic.twitter.com/27ZUTNRUTl
— Emily Baucum (@EmilyBaucum) January 10, 2019
— vic (@vincinator_) January 10, 2019
— Joel Mendoza (@joelmdza1) January 11, 2019
Residents of the city shared took to social media, many calling Trump’s border wall push a ‘fake crisis.’
I was born in McAllen, Texas. I’m proud of our vibrant community and culture. Our people are innovative, kind, compassionate, and constitute one of the safest communities in the nation. As @realDonaldTrump visits today, remind him that we don’t share his values of division & hate
— Leo Lopez III M.D. (@LeoLopez3MD) January 10, 2019
Jose has lived here in the McAllen TX area his whole life. He also tells me it is very safe here. pic.twitter.com/GHRlW8nKf4
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019
If there was real danger at the border—McAllen, TX, where I reside—do you honestly think @realDonaldTrump would be visiting on Thursday? This is someone who paid a doctor to lie & state he had heel spurs to dodge the draft. He didn’t care about America’s security then or now.
— Claudia Gonzalez (@ClaudiaG956) January 10, 2019
I live in McAllen and you sir are a liar! Their is no southern border crisis. Stop feeding lies to the American people. I’ve lived here for 30 plus years just 20 minutes from the Mexican border and can confirm this is all fake news spread by you.
— Pablo Hernandez (@PabloHdz08) January 11, 2019
Diego Rivera, 42, is a federal worker who lives in McAllen, TX. He told me he wants to get back to work and can’t find alternative income because employers won’t hire him on a short term basis. pic.twitter.com/XacCTqvyqF
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 10, 2019
— César (@crimmigration) January 10, 2019
My college professor is in McAllen, where Trump is.
This is her son 💀😂🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/xC9FNZ47hX
— 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙱𝚘𝚠 𝙼𝚊𝚖𝚊 🎀 (@mamalifewithme) January 10, 2019
Whatever your political views, surely this here is a sentiment we can all stand behind:
— ed lavandera (@edlavaCNN) January 10, 2019