AUSTIN, Texas - As President Trump gets ready to rally in El Paso to push for his border wall funding, leaders in the West Texas city are pushing back.
- President Trump to campaign in El Paso Monday
- Trump characterized El Paso as previously unsafe in State of the Union address
- West Texas lawmakers pushing back on assertion
The trip Monday will mark Trump's first campaign rally of 2019. It comes just days before the February 15 deadline that Congress set for itself to reach a deal on the funding fight in order to avoid another government shutdown.
Thursday, the president took a more measured tone about a potential bipartisan agreement.
"I certainly hear that they're working on something and both sides are moving along,” Trump said. “We'll see what happens. We need border security. We have to have it. It's not an option. Let's see what happens."
But Democratic El Paso leaders continue to take issue with Trump's debunked narrative about the city as he tries to make the case for his border wall.
“He said in the State of the Union that our community is unsafe and it's far from the truth,” said. Rep. Cesar Blanco, D-El Paso.
On Tuesday, Trump repeated a claim that El Paso was one of the country’s most dangerous cities until the Secure Fence Act of 2006 was passed and several miles of barriers were built there.
“According to the FBI, statistically our community has been safe and among one of the safest cities in the largest cities in the country,” Blanco said.
Click the video link above to watch our full interview with Rep. Blanco.