Trump announces campaign rally next week in El Paso, Texas

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The migrants began showing up Monday, arriving along the border on more than 50 buses.

No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin said lawmakers were told the top priority was technology that could screen vehicles for drugs or migrants at border ports of entry. State child welfare officials reported that 46 unaccompanied youths aged between 15 and 17 were in the caravan. We met with the sheriff of Hidalgo County last week.

One such group was taken into U.S. custody Thursday near Lukeville, Arizona.

Border Patrol agents have reportedly already arrested some migrants who illegally crossed the border overnight.

Trump has been seeking $5.7 billion for border-wall construction. Law enforcement vehicles have lined the riverbank. This caravan has chosen a path toward the relatively open border around Eagle Pass-marked mainly by the Rio Grande and lacks the long sections of high barriers found in Tijuana, the AP reported.

Margo was quick to send out a tweet claiming Trump's narrative on El Paso was false, as did Texas congresswoman Veronica Escobar, who went so far as to call Trump a liar.

"The border city of El Paso, Texas used to have extremely high rates of violent crime - one of the highest in the country, and [was] considered one of our nation's most unsafe cities", the president said.

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In January, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton agreed with the president. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio said that "the people of Texas know that the president is lying, that these are wonderful places, that they're safe cities", according to the Texas Tribune, and arguing that even Republican Texas senators would agree with him.

The announcement took everyone by surprise especially given the reaction from local officials regarding his wall comments about El Paso during his speech Monday night. "We know it's risky because of the gangs and the kidnappings". In 2009, after the fence was built, we were still second. By 2010 after the wall was built, El Paso's murder rate had dropped to 0.9 for every 100,000 residents, compared with a national average of 4.8.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo, a Republican, also tweeted that "El Paso was NEVER one of the MOST risky cities in the United States".

Valdez updated people on the page on Friday saying, "Baby Trump is in transit on his way to EL Paso!"

A GoFundMe has been launched to raise money to bring the "Baby Trump" balloon to El Paso ahead of the president's first rally of the year. Trump is looking to point to the Texas city as an example that walls do, indeed, work.

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has authorized "the repositioning of approximately 250 active duty military personnel from current border security support missions in Arizona to the vicinity of the Eagle Pass" in response to the approaching caravan, Pentagon spokesman Capt. Bill Speaks said in a statement.

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