Verónica Escobar Calls on Donald Trump to Apologize to El Paso
Congresswoman Verónica Escobar (D-TX) is demanding Donald Trump correct the record on his misleading State of the Union remarks about El Paso and to apologize to its people. In a letter sent last week, Escobar also called on the president to visit the location where Felipe Alonzo Gómez -- the eight-year-old boy who died last December -- was apprehended as well as points of entry. She also encouraged Trump, who’s holding a MAGA rally in El Paso this evening to drum up support for his border wall, to meet with migrant rights and legal advocates and visit the El Paso Processing Center where nine detainees on a hunger strike are being force-fed. “El Paso has never been one of the most ‘dangerous cities’ in the country, and our safety and security has long been a point of pride. These distortions about our vibrant community are harmful to our reputation and degrade our spirit,” Escobar wrote. The data is on her side. Every year from 1985 to 2014, El Paso’s violent crime rate was significantly lower than the average for all localities of similar size. Border authorities added fencing in the El Paso region in the late 2000s. In the immediate years before and after construction, the violent crime rate went up, contrary to Trump’s claim. Activists in El Paso are planning a counter-rally, where potential 2020 candidate Beto O'Rourke is planning to speak, which is expected to match or surpass the attendance of Trump’s rally. Read the full letter here.