President Donald Trump has wrapped up his first 2020 Make America Great Again campaign rally in El Paso. The president picked the border city to once again push Congress to pay billions to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico
President Trump spoke at the County Coliseum Monday at 7 p.m. but people started lining up at 3 a.m. Some attendees KRQE News 13 spoke to were from New Mexico while others drove nine hours to get to the event from southern Texas.
Trump made his message clear, finish the wall. He says he heard Congress made a last-minute deal to fund border security and avoid another shutdown but President Trump said he didn’t care, he was still going to build the wall.
The coliseum holds 6,500, and it was a full venue. The president stated 10,000 people were allowed in where the crowd chanted to build the wall.
“Our agenda is not a partisan agenda, although some people say it is. Every once in a while it becomes that way right? It’s a mainstream, common-sense agenda of the American people. It’s where we want to be and where we want to go,” said Trump.
The president once again made his case for a border wall, pointing out sex traffickers and crime he stated was caused by illegal immigrants. He stated a fence that was erected 10 years ago made El Paso one of the safest cities in the county.
However, the Republican mayor of El Paso says the city has always been safe and crime was going down before the fence.
“I have been here for years, you know born and raised here. It was pretty bad before you know. Right here you have the El Segunda barrio, you had the Diablo projects, it used to be pretty bad. It’s a very safe city. And that’s exactly what the president said. He said before it was bad, but right after the wall, it was good,” said Trump supporter Robert Espinoza.
Others who live in New Mexico say it’s unfair how illegal immigrants are welcomed into the state.
“It’s tearing up our hospital in Silver City. Silver City is a sanctuary city, welcoming these people to come in and there’s nothing for them, no jobs,” said Don Luhrsen attending the rally.
However local officials, including the Republican mayor dispute those claims saying the fence is only ten miles long and not continuous. He says the city always has been safe but the fence has helped stop illegal immigrants.
KRQE News 13 will be covering the president’s speech and have live reports at 5:30 and 10 p.m.
There is also going to be two protest marches including former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke holding a rally and speech about a hundred yards from where President Trump is giving his speech.