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 difficulty 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 recognize, 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 giant 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 12 months — 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 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 traces of the battle towards open border Democrats who permit medicine, crime, and intercourse trafficking all alongside our border day-after-day.”
The marketing campaign discovered a receptive inhabitants in El Paso, the place 62,000 individuals signed as much as get tickets. The coliseum suits 7,500, and 1000’s of individuals hung round outdoors.
Sara Isabel Pantoja, a Hispanic resident of El Paso who attended the rally, stated extra wall within the area will additional enhance safety.
“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 wish 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 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 stated she sympathizes with the households attempting to carry their kids in however that the damaging treks and unlawful entries that many power their kids to undergo have to be stopped, and a wall would do this.
“In case you construct that wall, they’re not even gonna attempt. These little youngsters will not be gonna be in danger,” stated Griffith.
“I spoke to individuals who’ve lived right here a really very long time they usually stated when that wall went up, it was a really totally different ballgame,” stated Trump throughout the rally.
“Only a few thousand toes from the place we stand proper now — it’s one of the harmful locations on the planet, Juarez. Due to a strong border wall … [El Paso is] considered one of America’s most most secure cities now.