Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

No, border barrier did not bring down crime in El Paso

No, border barrier did not bring down crime in El Paso

The news came just hours after the president's State of the Union speech, in which he reiterated a repeatedly debunked claim that El Paso was one of the country's most unsafe cities until the Secure Fence Act of 2006 was passed and several miles of barriers were built in the border city.

But Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said the officials suggested a three-pronged approach using barriers, technology and personnel.

A bipartisan group of 17 members of the House of Representatives and Senate have been meeting behind closed doors to try to break an impasse over Trump's demand for $5.7 billion this year to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Other elected officials complained Trump's lies are destructive to the city's reputation and economy.

In a statement Wednesday, Michael Glassner, chief operating officer for Trump's reelection campaign, said that El Paso was chosen as a rally site to highlight the president's message.

Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights, said Trump "openly distorted the facts and the reality of our border region to justify the unjustifiable: his absurd obsession of a border wall". She said that, if left alone, the negotiators "can have an agreement on time" by an informal deadline this Friday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had said an agreement would need to be reached by then to ensure legislation is passed by February 15, when stopgap government funding expires.

CNBC's Christina Wilkie discussed Wiles' response to Trump's claims on Twitter, posting, "Sheriff of El Paso refutes the entire argument Trump is making" about "the wall and crime in that city".

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Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, tweeted that "El Paso has been one of the safest cities in the nation long before the wall was built in 2008".

Immigration and crime researchers told us that El Paso historically has not been regarded as one of the most unsafe cities in the United States.

"We are considered the safest city with a population greater than 500,000", Margo said.

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. The same survey points to 6,095 in Baltimore in 2017 - keeping in mind that Charm City has about 72,000 fewer residents than El Paso.

"They are not opposed to barriers", Blunt said about Democrats. "While it is true that El Paso is one of the safest cities in the nation, it has never been. considered one of our nation's most risky cities", he said in a statement to NBC News.

In San Diego, high school teacher Stacy Salazar, whose students are primarily Hispanic and low-income, was appalled that Trump wanted to spend billions on walls when her school could not afford basic supplies.

Former President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which called for the construction of barriers at the southwest border, including the El Paso region. While he said they were originating in the Middle East, he did not provide figures on the number of people detected and did not know whether they were apprehended.

She said she'll support whatever the bipartisan group can agree to.

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