EL PASO, Texas — President Trump rallied supporters on the southern border Monday night time, 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 instructed ‘progress is being made with this committee.’ Simply so you realize, we’re constructing the wall anyway,” mentioned 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 pink “End the Wall” indicators hanging within the air to the left and proper of him.
The marketing campaign instructed 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 number of years in the past has led to a lower in crime.
“Because the President continues his flight to safe the border, there’s no higher place to show that partitions work in El Paso,” Michael Glassner, Trump marketing campaign chief working officer mentioned in an e mail to the Examiner earlier than the occasion. “President Trump appears ahead to visiting with the patriots of Texas who’re on the entrance traces of the wrestle towards open border Democrats who permit medication, crime, and intercourse trafficking all alongside our border every single day.”
The marketing campaign discovered a receptive inhabitants in El Paso, the place 62,000 individuals signed as much as get tickets. The coliseum matches 7,500, and hundreds of individuals hung round outdoors.
Sara Isabel Pantoja, a Hispanic resident of El Paso who attended the rally, mentioned extra wall within the area will additional enhance safety.
“The wall they constructed helped crime,” she mentioned. “Oh sure, 100 % construct the wall,” she mentioned. “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, mentioned he supported former President Barack Obama however thinks including extra wall in his hometown is an effective factor.
“The border wall has considerably been serving to drop crime, mentioned Guerra. “Granted, earlier than the wall crime has been dropping anyway,” he mentioned. “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, mentioned she seen a serious uptick within the variety of households attempting to assert asylum at a border crossing in El Paso over the weekend. As a grandmother, she mentioned she sympathizes with the households attempting to convey their youngsters in however that the harmful treks and unlawful entries that many pressure their youngsters to undergo should be stopped, and a wall would do this.
“When you construct that wall, they’re not even gonna strive. These little children aren’t gonna be in danger,” mentioned Griffith.
“I spoke to individuals who’ve lived right here a really very long time and so they mentioned when that wall went up, it was a really totally different ballgame,” mentioned Trump in the course of the rally.
“Just some thousand ft from the place we stand proper now — it’s one of the harmful locations on the earth, Juarez. Because of a robust border wall … [El Paso is] considered one of America’s most most secure cities now.