Border Security Debate Continues As Migrants Wait at Border

Central American migrants settle in a shelter at the Jesus Martinez stadium in Mexico City in Mexico City Monday Jan. 28 2019. Thousands of Central American migrants are waiting for Mexican officials to issue them humanitarian visas which give them

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"We were able to figure who was coming through our ports of entry".

"This is an unprecedented effort to try to keep these borders safe, to keep our communities safe, to keep the United States safe", Del Rio Sector Division Chief Louie Collins told reporters Friday.

On the Texas side, a long line of law enforcement vehicles guarded the USA side of the Rio Grande to catch anyone trying to cross illegally.

Eagle Pass has relatively little fencing compared with other sections of Texas or other border states.

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President Donald Trump used a portion of Tuesday's State of the Union speech to tout the safety of El Paso, crediting the west Texas border city's transformation to the building of a border wall there.

About 250 active-duty troops have repositioned along the US border with Mexico to counter a caravan of about 2,000 migrants that arrived Tuesday just south of Eagle Pass, Texas, according to information in separate statements released by the departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Trump cited El Paso as once having "extremely high rates of violent crime".

"Trump's fixation on a border wall and his distortions of life in El Paso and along the border are unacceptable", march organizers wrote on a Facebook page for the event.

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In January, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton agreed with the president. "Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities". "We know it's risky because of the gangs and the kidnappings". El Paso's crime rate has continued to drop in the years since, from 457 crimes for every 100,000 residents in 2009 to 393 in 2014, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics.

In fact, El Paso has never been considered one of the nation's most risky cities and its trends in violent crime mirror national swings. Absent the border barrier, is there any doubt that some of Juarez's drug war violence would spill into El Paso?

"He will be joining our protest outside of Trump's rally at the El Paso County Coliseum", the page's organizer, Laura Valdez, wrote.

As he condemned political turmoil in Venezuela, Trump declared that "America will never be a socialist country" - a remark that may also have been targeted at high-profile Democrats who identify as socialists.

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"The Democrats just don't seem to want border security", Trump claimed, despite the fact Democrats have repeatedly argued for more effective border security than his proposed wall. The large rallies propelled him to his unlikely 2016 election victory, and he can still draw large crowds.

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