The El Paso border: is it safe?

SAN ANTONIO — Imagine a place of culture, a true assessment of the historic background of how the United States was built. The borderland highlights Hispanic culture and immigration. Located 552 miles west from San Antonio is El Paso, the sixth largest city in Texas. On Feb. 11 current President Donald J. Trump commenced his 2020 presidential re-election campaign with a rally in El Paso after commenting on El Paso’s safety in relation to the proposed border wall during the State of the Union Address.

However El Paso local Joe Guerra said El Paso has been among the safest cities of this generation. “It is really safe. Not only do the numbers prove that we are one of the safest cities for our size, but I personally have never felt unsafe,” he said.

El Paso locals respect the presidential position, but believe that the president does not know the border enough to understand common daily life. “I think he is so far out of touch with what a common person goes through in life,” Guerra said.

President Trump has steadily focused on illegal immigration, considering it a national crisis. At the Feb. 11 Make America Great Again rally he said, “Across the border is the most dangerous city in the world, the people of Juarez can agree now thanks to a powerful border wall El Paso is one of America’s safest cities,” in hopes of continuing the public’s support of constructing a border wall.

Some El Pasoans have a different perspective, “It’s good to have security, but not to the extent the president wants there to be,” Maurisio Monarez said. The El Paso border wall has been up since 2008 and crime has been below the national average since 1985. Despite the wall and politics locals feel safe in El Paso. “Before the border wall, when it came up around 2006 or 2007 we where already one of the safest cities,” Guerra said.

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El Paso locals respect the presidential position but believe that the president does not know the border enough to understand common daily life. Guerra said, “I think he is so far out of touch with what a common person goes through in life.”

President Trump has steadily focused on illegal immigration, considering it a national crisis. At the February 10 rally he said, “Across the border is the most dangerous city in the world, the people of Juarez can agree now thanks to a powerful border wall El Paso is one of America’s safest cities,” in hopes of continuing the public’s support of constructing a border wall.

Some locals have a different perspective, Maurisio Monarez said, “It’s good

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