Texas showdown: O'Rourke, Trump hold dueling rallies over wall

President Trump Preps for El Paso Rally

The county passed the resolution hours before Trump's "Make America Great Again" rally, slated to start at the El Paso County Coliseum at 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET). The events, which will feature music and other speakers, are meant to highlight El Paso's strength as a binational community - and push back against Trump's long-sought border wall. Ted Cruz in November.

El Paso has never had 'one of the highest rates of violent crime in the entire country, ' according to Federal Bureau of Investigation data. Here is the problem; whatever your position on border barriers or a border wall, the case the president lays out about El Paso is simply false.

The rally comes as O'Rourke nears a decision on whether to join the Democratic race to challenge Trump in 2020 following a closer-than-expected loss to U.S. Sen.

"Hopefully we'll get a chance to visit and talk about and see firsthand what the border really looks like and how we are so closely intertwined, for nearly 400 years, between El Paso and Juarez", Margo said.

The Trump campaign released a video showing El Paso residents saying the wall helped reduce crime. The FBI's Uniform Crime Report shows that El Paso's annual number of reported violent crimes dropped from almost 5,000 in 1995 to around 2,700 in 2016.

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"With the president being in El Paso, it provides an opportunity to test a message that's very different than President Trump's message", communications consultant Hector Nieto said.

Trump's comments about El Paso have already prompted multiple fact checks on his claims.

Margo said El Paso was safe "going back to 2005", before the construction of border fencing. "Now it's part of the process for border security, but it's not the total panacea". How did the barrier that was built there impact the city? More than 6,500 violent crimes were recorded that year, the newspaper reported. According to Federal Bureau of Investigation crime data, the city had the third lowest violent crime rate among 35 US cities with a population over 500,000 in 2005, 2006 and 2007 - before construction of a 57-mile-long fence started in mid-2008. But violent crimes declined in the years since that spike and before construction of the border fence took place.

Former Democratic congressman Beto O'Rourke, a native of El Paso, also contested Trump's statements about the border town after the State of the Union.

The PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.

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