"When they built a wall, El Paso became one of the safer cities", Joyner, 64, said at a "watch party" held by local Republicans.
The city is on the Rio Grande river, across from Eagle Pass, Texas.
According to the El Paso Times, this rally is scheduled for 7 p.m.at the El Paso County Coliseum.
"I think even [Texas U.S. Sens.] John Cornyn and Ted Cruz would tell you that, and if they wouldn't, then I dare them to go to those places and say differently", Castro added. A stalemate over the issue led to a record 35-day shutdown that ended January 25.
Trump has threatened a new shutdown or a declaration of a national emergency to access other budget funds if he's not satisfied with a deal - steps members of both parties oppose. "The fact of the matter is that El Paso and most of the cities on the U.S. -Mexico border boast among the safest crime statistics in the entire country", Jon Barela, chief executive of the Borderplex Alliance, told the Post. "And, El Paso was a safe city long before any wall was built".
Like O'Rourke, others in El Paso are critical of Trump's statements, with some asking for an apology for the picture being painted by the president of the city. However, she did call the caravan "lawless", offering no explanation, and said "Illegal entry will not be tolerated and we stand ready to prevent it".
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Down Pennsylvania Avenue at the Capitol, the mood among negotiators was distinctly upbeat, with participants in the talks between the Democratic-controlled House and GOP-held Senate predicting a deal could come as early as this weekend. If Mr. Trump wants to force Congress to spend another $5.7 billion on anything, why not push a few billion our way and create 21st century jobs, or a modern public transit system that serves jobless neighborhoods, or transform Baltimore public schools into the envy of Maryland?
The violent crime rate in El Paso peaked in 1993 (similar to many other US cities), according to local and federal statistics analyzed by the El Paso Times. "I say this as a lifelong Republican, businessman, and proud American".
In fact, El Paso has never been considered one of the nation's most risky cities and its trends in violent crime mirror national swings.
We mention Baltimore's crime in relation to Mr. Trump's claims about El Paso not because there's some perverse competition for which city is more unsafe but because it is the misplaced focus of the president that is itself risky.
At a White House event with law enforcement officers on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence hinted that the option of declaring a national emergency and shifting billions of dollars from previously approved funding is very much alive.
She said she'll support whatever the bipartisan group can agree to.