EL PASO, Texas - President Donald Trump will hold his first campaign rally of the year this Monday in El Paso, Texas. His campaign manager, Brad Parscale, tweeted that the rally will be held "less than 1000 feet from the successful border fence that keeps El Paso safe!"
The president's rally will be held at the County Coliseum, just north of the U.S.-Mexico border. According to the Trump Campaign website, doors will open at 4 p.m. for the rally, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
In order to register, you need an email address. You can only get two tickets per mobile number, the website states. A confirmation text will be sent to your phone. Those who plan to attend the rally must present a printed or mobile ticket at the door to gain entry.
In his State of the Union address Tuesday, Trump cited El Paso as once having "extremely high rates of violent crime. He asserted that with its wall, "El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country." El Paso has never been considered one of the nation's most dangerous cities and its trends in violent crime mirror national swings, the Associated Press reports.
In 2005, the city had a murder rate of 2.5 for every 100,000 residents, compared with a national rate of 5.6. By 2010 after the wall was built, El Paso's murder rate had dropped to 0.9 for every 100,000 residents, compared with a national average of 4.8.
Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, tweeted that "El Paso has been one of the safest cities in the nation long before the wall was built in 2008. #WallsDontWork."
"El Paso is safe due to its people, the good community relations with law enforcement, and the trust of all communities in our local institutions," Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights, said in a statement. "El Pasoans should be offended by the way the president used our community to advance his racist and xenophobic agenda."