Following President Donald Trump's executive order in September to erect an 18-foot steel bollard wall to replace the existing pedestrian fencing in El Paso, he called the existing chain-link fence "bad enough".
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A Republican National Committee spokeswoman said the barrier in place along the southern border between El Paso and Juarez have worked, including a sharp drop in human trafficking and drug smuggling. Ted Cruz in 2018 and maintains an army of small-dollar donors and a large social media following.
In his State of the Union, President Donald Trump said a "powerful barrier" had cut crime rates and turned El Paso, Texas, from one of the nation's most unsafe cities to one of its safest. In this democracy, he told residents, "We (can) get past the lies and fear, focus on the facts and human lives in our midst, and do the right thing.The eyes of the country are on El Paso, and we're going to tell our story".
Trump has repeatedly pointed to El Paso to make his case that a border wall is necessary, claiming that barriers turned the city from one of the nation's most risky to one of its safest. The FBI's Uniform Crime Report shows that El Paso's annual number of reported violent crimes dropped from almost 5,000 in 1995 to around 2,700 in 2016.
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Activists gather at the gate near the border crossing fence at the Tornillo Port of Entry near El Paso, Texas, June 21, 2018, during a protest rally by several American mayors against the administration's family separation policy. How did the barrier that was built there impact the city? In their resolution Monday, El Paso County officials noted the city's violent crime rate dropped 62 percent between its peak in the 1990s to 2007, a year before construction on the fence began.
"We've had a fence for 10 years and it has impacted illegal immigration and curbed criminal activity".
Former Democratic congressman Beto O'Rourke, a native of El Paso, also contested Trump's statements about the border town after the State of the Union.