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Trump supporters stage a 'human wall' at U.S.-Mexico border

Trump supporters stage a 'human wall' at U.S.-Mexico border

After a 35-day partial government shutdown that ended January 25, the federal government could close again if congressional Republicans and Democrats cannot hammer out a compromise.

The dueling rallies come after Trump claimed in his State of the Union speech last week that a border fence separating El Paso from Mexico reduced the city's high crime rate.

The Make America Great Again rally will take place in El Paso, Texas on Monday at the County Coliseum. They have said their principal goal is to call for further construction of a border barrier at the frontier with Mexico.

He then plans on holding a counter-rally at roughly the same time as when the President takes the stage.

O'Rourke has denounced Trump on Twitter for stoking "false fear" about immigrants and said the city must use the president's visit to "tell the true story about the border".




During his State of the Union address Trump highlighted El Paso as a positive example of what border barriers could achieve.

In an interview Monday on Fox News, the commissioner of Texas' Department of Agriculture touted the effectiveness of fencing in El Paso, saying that crime dropped significantly in the city.

O'Rourke is joining the "March for Truth" campaign sponsored by several leftist groups protesting the wall and Trump's political rally also scheduled for El Paso, Texas on Monday.

In response to his statement, Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar wrote to Trump asking him to apologize to the residents of the city - which she represents - for his comments. "I urge you to treat this visit as your opportunity not only to correct the record and ensure that the misinformation you stated on the national stage is retracted, but also an opportunity to apologize to El Pasoans for the disparagement of our community", the congresswoman added.