President Trump announced this week his plans to hold his first political rally of 2019 in the border city of El Paso, Texas in the coming days; highlighting the escalating crisis taking place along the porous southern border with Mexico.
“The rally, scheduled for Monday, comes amid ongoing negotiations between Trump and congressional Democrats as the president tries to secure more than $5 billion in funding for his long-promised border wall,” reports The Hill.
“The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the country, and considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities,” said the President during his State of the Union address Tuesday. “Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities.”
The event will take place just days before a February 15th deadline, when congressional leaders must pass a bipartisan budget agreement that funds the President’s border wall or face another potential government shutdown.
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PANIC IN EL PASO: City Officials Warn of Impending ‘CRISIS’ as ICE Releases 1,600 Migrants
City officials in El Paso, Texas are warning of an impending “crisis” in the region; confirming local charities and non-profit organizations are increasingly strained as federal authorities release upwards of 1,600 migrants onto city streets.
“The incoming congresswoman of the Texas border city of El Paso is warning of an imminent ‘crisis’ as local officials and charities scramble to accommodate at least 1,600 migrants dropped off there by federal authorities in recent days,” writes CBS News.
“We have these teams coming in to play in our Sun Bowl this weekend and the hotels are booked,” said incoming congresswoman Veronica Escobar. “We’re facing a real crisis coming up … to find places for all of these (migrant) families.”
ICE released an official statement this week saying the agency was forced to release the migrants to comply with a federal “timeframe” dictating the duration a family could be detained by federal authorities.
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REPORT: More than 500 Members of Migrant Caravan ‘Released’ in Downtown El Paso
Officials with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency released nearly 600 migrants in downtown El Paso over the Christmas holiday; notifying local non-profits and charities of the impending asylum seekers.
“One-hundred-eighty-six more migrants were released in downtown El Paso, Texas by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Christmas Day, reports the CBS affiliate there, KDBC-TV. That came after approximately 400 were released in the southwest Texas city in the two days before Christmas,” writes CBS News.
“They’re coming from immigration cells so they’re coming hungry, they’re coming thirsty, most haven’t bathed in a long time. The situation is really difficult for them,” said the leader of a local charity.
ICE officials released a statement this week claiming the release was intended to comply with federal guidelines that prevent them from detaining families longer than legally permitted.
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