On Monday night, Mr. Trump held a MAGA rally in El Paso, Texas, in an attempt to make another case for the border wall. However, not everyone had plans to attend Trump’s rally, which was incited by lies that a crisis exists.
Former Representative and Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) joined an anti-Trump march that took place in El Paso while the rally was happening. O’Rourke said it was an opportunity for the city to take control of the narrative.
‘I think the president’s decision to focus on El Paso and his horrible demonization and vilification of immigrants, specifically Mexican immigrants, and his desire to make us afraid of the border can work to our advantage.
‘In other words, as he comes down here and as he referred to El Paso in his State of the Union speech, the eyes of the country are literally on us and will be even more so on Monday.’
The protest march was organized by former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX), Women’s March El Paso, the Border Network for Human Rights, and dozens of local organizations.
Participants of the #MarchforTruth chanted “Build bridges, not walls,” as they marched under the freeway overpass and along the border fence separating El Paso from Ciudad Juarez.
— Rafael Carranza (@RafaelCarranza) February 12, 2019
Thousands marched and many held signs condemning Trump’s cruel anti-immigration rhetoric.
One person held a sign saying:
‘Make tacos, not walls.’
Twitter couldn’t resist commenting about taco trucks.
A few of the protesters were even polite and welcoming to Mr. Trump.
Before the rally, O’Rourke’s statement read:
‘Beto O’Rourke will join with his city on Monday evening to show the country the reality of the border — a vibrant, safe, binational community that proudly celebrates its culture, history, diversity and status as a city of immigrants.’
— Diana Alba Soular (@AlbaSoular) February 12, 2019
During his speech, O’Rourke cited the fact that El Paso is one of the safest cities in the country and said:
‘(It’s) safe not because of walls but in spite of walls.’
O’Rourke denounced Trump’s border enforcement policies including the detention of minors. He said:
‘We, together, are making a stand for the truth against lies and hate and intolerance. We are gonna show the county who we are.’
O’Rourke also pointed out that the U.S. can meet its international obligations while still providing security. He also called for a path to citizenship for “Dreamers.” He said:
‘Let’s make sure that our laws, our language, and our leaders reflect our values.’
Meanwhile, Trump spoke to a MAGA hat wearing crowd who is still under the illusion that a border wall offers ultimate protection from their false fears which have been concocted by a bully who touts that immigrants are “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
John Garcia, an attendee who wore a Trump flag around his neck said:
‘It is necessary for our country’s security. It has stopped crimes by helping our Border Patrol agents. There are gaps in the walls we have that need to be filled and a wall needs to be built across the border.’
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