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Trump Supporters Form Human Chain at Mexican Border

Newsweek logo Newsweek 2/11/2019 Callum Paton

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Supporters of President Donald Trump and his border wall gathered at the frontier with Mexico, Saturday, linking hands to form a human barrier of their own.

Dozens of pro-Trump activists waving American flags and wearing red “Make America Great Again” hats stood side by side while chanting “build a wall” at the boundary between Sunland Park and Anapra, Mexico CBS affiliate, CBS Austin reported.

The activists who appear to universally support the president and his long-held ambition to build a border wall, seemed to be making their own symbolic barrier where the border fence currently finishes.

They have said their principal goal is to call for further construction of a border barrier at the frontier with Mexico. Their eye-catching demonstration coincides with an upcoming Trump rally in El Paso, Texas, the first of 2019.

The Washington Post reported that a counter demonstration will be held in the border city on Monday. Former Democrat congressman Beto O’Rourke is set to head the "March for Truth," as demonstrators opposed to Trump’s wall gather a mile away from the El Paso County Coliseum, the venue for the Trump rally, and march in a bid to counter the president’s hardline stance on immigration.

a man holding a kite © HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP “The President is coming to El Paso Monday. He will promise a wall and will repeat his lies about the dangers that immigrants pose,” O’Rourke wrote Friday on Medium.

O’Rourke, who has been seen as a possible contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, avoided calling the president by name as he announced he was joining the march. It is being supported by a constellation of nonprofit organisations, including Border Network for Human Rights and Women’s March El Paso.

During his State of the Union address President Trump highlighted El Paso as a positive example of what border barriers could achieve. "The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime—one of the highest in the county, and considered one of our nation's most dangerous cities," Trump said. "Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities."

The statements have been widely rejected by officials in the city. “El Paso was never one of the most dangerous cities in the US. We‘ve had a fence for 10 years and it has impacted illegal immigration and curbed criminal activity. It is not the sole deterrent. Law enforcement in our community continues to keep us safe,” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo tweeted following the State of the Union address.

Democratic Representative for Texas Veronica Escobar has asked the president to apologize for his remarks, CNN reported. "These distortions about our vibrant community are harmful to our reputation and degrade our spirit," she wrote. "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.  


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