U.S. Border Patrol overwhelmed by large groups of migrant families

Central American migrants settle in a shelter at the Jesus Martinez stadium in Mexico City in Mexico City Monday Jan. 28 2019. Thousands of Central American migrants are waiting for Mexican officials to issue them humanitarian visas which give them

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"Tremendous numbers of people are coming up through Mexico in the hopes of flooding our Southern Border", he tweeted.

On the Texas side, a long line of law enforcement vehicles guarded the USA side of the Rio Grande to catch anyone trying to cross illegally. By 2010 after the wall was built, El Paso's murder rate had dropped to 0.9 for every 100,000 residents, compared with a national average of 4.8.

Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke addresses the press after he and other politicians visited the tent city June 23, 2018, in Tornillo, Texas, housing immigrant children separated from their parents because of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy.

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"As the president continues his fight to secure our border, there's no better place to demonstrate that walls work than in El Paso", said Michael Glassner, CEO of the Trump campaign.

President Donald Trump warned in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday of migrant caravans and accused Mexican cities of busing migrants to the border "to bring them up to our country in areas where there is little border protection". He claimed that building a fence from El Paso to Brownsville, Texas, isn't realistic, citing the terrain and the fact that much of the land is privately owned. Most drugs are smuggled through legal ports of entry where a wall would have no effect, including the recent widely shared seizure of fentanyl and methamphetamine at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Arizona.

"[Trump's] fearmongering and lies have hurt our border economy and community - one of the safest cities in America, even before the wall", Blanco said in an emailed statement. We will build a Human Wall if necessary. "We know it's unsafe because of the gangs and the kidnappings".

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Trump said that El Paso is one of the most risky in the United States, but O'Rourke, local politicians and law enforcement officials, and statistics contradict Trump's claims. "El Paso is one of the safest cities in the nation, it has never been '... considered one of our Nation's most risky cities, ' and, El Paso was a safe city long before any Wall was built".

O'Rourke plans to lead a group of protesters to march through his hometown of El Paso, Texas, as Trump's Monday evening campaign style rally gets underway.

There is no dispute that the border fencing has cut down the number of illegal border crossings into El Paso, but local leaders said it is false to suggest the barrier had an impact on violent crime. The president's rallies have been good to him in the past. The page says the balloon will be used alongside a protest outside of the rally venue.

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