El Paso, Texas, Mayor Dee Margo (R) blasted President Trump on Saturday, saying that he would “absolutely” call him out if he repeats the false claim that the border city used to be “one of our nation’s most dangerous” places until a border wall was built.
“The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the country, and considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities,” Trump said during his Feb. 5 State of the Union address. “Now, immediately upon its building, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country. Simply put, walls work and walls save lives.”
That claim is completely false, according to Politifact:
To start, El Paso has not been considered one of the nation’s most dangerous cities. Its violent crime rate has been significantly below the national average compared to cities of similar size. Even more, the violent crime rate went up — not down, as Trump claimed — after the construction of a border fence in the region.
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Mayor Margo said Saturday that he would “absolutely” correct Trump if he repeats the falsehood during a campaign rally in his city on Feb. 11.
Margo said on CNN’s “SE Cupp Unfiltered” that he’s been unafraid to call out Trump over the comments he made about El Paso last week during the State of the Union address.
“I’ve been stating it publicly since last Tuesday night,” Margo said, adding that the “the fence” along the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso “serves a useful purpose, but that “it’s not the total panacea.”
“It can’t be,” he said.
Margo condemned the president’s lie shortly after the speech, tweeting that “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,” Margo wrote. “It is NOT the sole deterrent. Law enforcement in our community continues to keep us safe.”
Margo said that the “geography of Texas won’t allow a fence from El Paso to Brownsville, Texas, even if you wanted to do it.”
“So it’s got to be part and parcel to technology and manpower,” he added.
— SE Cupp Unfiltered (@UnfilteredSE) February 10, 2019