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Beto O'Rourke joins march protesting border wall during President's rally

Former Democratic Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke laughs as with Oprah Winfrey presses him to make the announcement that he is running for president during a live interview on a Times Square stage at "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square," Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in New York. O'Rourke dazzled Democrats in 2018 by nearly defeating Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the country's largest red state. O'Rourke says he'll announce whether he'll run for president "before the end of the month." (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

President Donald Trump is expected to rally in El Paso Monday for a border wall, but former El Paso congressman Beto O'Rourke has other plans.

O'Rourke is planning to lead a march in El Paso against the wall during the same time as President Trump's rally.

Trump's rally, which is expected to start at 7 p.m. at the El Paso County Coliseum, will push for funding for a border wall. The rally comes only four days before the possibility of another government shutdown or a declaration of a national emergency over what the president has called a national security crisis at the U.S./Mexico border.

Just last week, around 2,000 migrants arrived in Piedras Negras seeking asylum just across from Eagle Pass. In his State of the Union, President Trump called for more security at the border and a need for more troops.

"With leadership of border patrol to reduce violence and intimidation from border patrol against members of the community to make sure there was a channel for dialogue and conversation to improve federal policing practices on the US Mexico border, and that way, not through a wall, not through militarization, not through sending troops," said Beto O'Rourke.

O'Rourke's march against the wall, which will take place about a mile away from Trump's rally, is being described as an "opportunity to take control of the narrative."

"I would join Congresswoman Escobar in thanking all the organizers and the community at large for putting together this incredibly powerful, beautiful, positive response to the presidents lies about our community, about the US/Mexico border, about immigrants, about Mexicans. All of this will find its match in El Paso," said Beto O'Rourke. "In fact, there’s been reporting that has shown that in the immediate aftermath of the wall, the city actually became less – not more- safe. So our safety is a result of treating one another with respect, with dignity, this community owning its responsibilities to one another."

"I think he’s here in an effort to use this community as a prop to make his case for the border wall and in one of the most beautiful expressions of this community’s power and potential – we’re standing up not just to that and not just against these lies and the policies that will only result in the taking of our fellow American plan to build wall that we don’t need at a time of record safety and security but will absolutely ensure the suffering and death of thousands of people," said O'Rourke.

"When you look at crime data pre and post wall in El Paso the city actually became less safe not more safe though we were still one of the safest cities in America, That’s been something that has distinguished us for more than 20 years and something that is not unique along border communities," said O'Rourke.

O'Rourke's rally, called a "March for Truth," will take place at 5 p.m. at a Bowie High School and is being led by Border Network for Human Rights and Women's March El Paso.


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