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El Paso County passes resolution: 'Disillusioned by President Trump’s lies'

The Hill logo The Hill 2/11/2019 Brett Samuels

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: El Paso County passes resolution: 'Disillusioned by President Trump’s lies' © Getty El Paso County passes resolution: 'Disillusioned by President Trump’s lies' Officials in El Paso County, Texas, passed a resolution Monday, just hours before President Trump was set to hold a campaign rally in the area, pushing back on the president's remarks about the situation at the border.

MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake posted a photo of the resolution, which states that the county is "disillusioned by President Trump's lies regarding the border and our community."

"Though it is difficult to welcome him to El Paso while he continues to proliferate such untruths, we do welcome him to meet with local officials to become properly informed about our great and safe region," the resolution says.

Trump is set to hold his first campaign rally of the year on Monday in the city of El Paso. He is expected to use the setting near the southern border to bolster support for his proposed wall.

The resolution lays out a number of concerns with Trump's rhetoric surrounding illegal immigration, particularly as it relates to El Paso. The resolution says Trump "has continuously made inaccurate claims about the United States' southern border, including El Paso."

It also cited Trump's State of the Union speech from Tuesday, when he said El Paso's violent crime rate dropped precipitously after a barrier was built along the border. The resolution noted that the county's violent crime rate dropped 62 percent from 1993-2007, and that a fence wasn't installed until 2008.

Other local officials have vowed to challenge Trump on any inaccurate remarks about El Paso.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo (R) said over the weekend that he would "absolutely" correct Trump if he repeated a false line about crime in the city. He noted that the fence along the border has been useful, but has not solved problems single-handedly.

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