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A2 | SPRINGFIELDNEWS-SUN | MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019 COMPLETE. IN-DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. NATION& WORLD TEXAS TOPNATIONAL STORY El Paso barrier not proof walls are answer, locals say ByWillWeissert » » AssociatedPress Democrats seeking limit on the number detained by ICE. BALANCED COVERAGE People walking over the Paso Norte Bridge linkingthisWest Texas border city toMexico canwatch President Donald Trump’s border wall getting bigger in real time.
Workers in fluorescent smocks can be seen digging trenches, pouring concrete
erecting rust- colored slabs of 18-foot-high metal to replace layers of barbed wire-topped fencing themud-coloredRioGrande, which is usually little more than a trickle.
Most of the more than 70,000 people who legally cross four city bridges daily — to shop, go to school work — pay the construction in the heart of downtown no mind. But on a recent weekday, oneman stopped
pointed, saying simply “Trump.”
In his State of the Union address, the president said a “powerful barrier” had cut crime rates turned El Paso fromone of the nation’s most dangerous cities to one of safest. He’s holding a rally here Monday to show why he’s demanding more than 100 miles of newwalls, costing $5.7 billion, along the 1,900-mile despite opposition from Democrats and some Republicans.
But many in this city of dusty desert winds and blistering salsa, bristle at the prospect of their home becoming a border wall poster It’s had border barriers for
that isn’t why it’s a safe place, they say. El Paso, around 800,000, already had one of the lowest violent crime rates intheU.S. That’sdespite being just across the border fromdrug violence-plagued Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
They argue that El Paso EL PASO, TEXAS — del The debate over immigration isdivisive, andthese types ofcontroversial stories receive special treatment. We always try to present asmuch information aspossible so that readers can use those facts to reach theirown conclusions. To do that, werelyon avariety ofsources that representmultiplepoints ofview. Today’s story, for example, includes comments fromWhiteHouse Chief of StaffMickMulvaney, aswell asSen. JonTester (D-Mont.). ByJonathanLemire andAlanFram AssociatedPress Bargainers clashed Sunday whether to limit the number of migrants authorities can tossing a new hurdle before negotiators hoping to strike a border security compromise for Congress to pass this coming week. The White House wouldn’t rule out a renewed partial government shutdown if an agreement isn’t reached.
With the Friday deadline approaching, the two sides remained separated by hundreds of millions of dollars
how much to spend to construct President Donald Trump’s promised border wall. But rising to the fore was a related dispute
curbing Customs and Immigration Enforcement, or ICE, federal agency that Republicans see as an emblem of tough immigration accuse of often going too far.
ActingWhite House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, in appearancesonNBC’s “Meet the Press” “Fox News Sunday,” said “you absolutely cannot” eliminate the possibility of another shutdown if a deal is not reached over the wall other border matters. The White House had asked for $5.7 billion, a rejected bytheDemocratic- House of Representatives, and the mood among bargainers has soured, according to people familiar with the negotiations not authorized to speak publicly.
“You cannot take a shutdown WASHINGTON — over A newbarrier is built along theU.S.-Mexico border near downtown El Paso, Texas. Such barriers have been a part of El Paso for decades and are being expanded amid the
thewall and border security. and detain, fifight over ERIC GAY / AP eager to resolve the long-running battle and avert a fresh closure of dozens of federal agencies that would begin next weekend if Congress doesn’t act by Friday.
“I think talks are stalled right now,” Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said Sunday on “Fox News Sunday.” “I’m not confifidentwe’re going to get there.”
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., who appeared on the same program, agreed: “We are not to the point where we can announce a deal.”
But Mulvaney signal that the White House would prefer not to have a repeat of the last shutdown, whichstretchedmore than a left than 800,000 government workers without paychecks, forcedapostponementof the State of the Union address and sent Trump’s poll numbers tumbling. As support in hisownparty beganto splinter, Trump ended the shutdown after 35 days without getting money for the wall.
Thepresident’s supporters have suggested that Trump could use executive powers to divertmoneyfromthe federalbudget forwall construction, though it was unclear if he would face challenges in Congress or the courts. provision of the lawlets the Defense Department provide support for counterdrug activities. along measures initially was positive in some quarters because it reduce vagrancy petty crime. ButmanyresidentsnowcomplainTrump’s demands have gone too far, making their home sound like a war
“The border is culturally, economically,” said Cesar Blanco, a Democratic lawmakerwho lives a stone’s throwfromthewall.“We are a binational community.”
Those who live near the wall say they see few people climbing the barriers now. In
year2017, about 25,000 peoplewere apprehendedin Border Patrol’s El Paso sector, downfrom122,000-plus in year 2006.
Instead, those crossing illegally now tend to do so outside the city in desolate deserts where deaths from exposure have risen.
ManyRepublicans, though, say the low crime rate here is not a coincidence.
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report shows that El Paso’s
number of reported violent crimes dropped from nearly 5,000 in 1995 to around 2,700 in 2016. But that corresponded to similar declines in violent crime nationwide included times when the city’s crime rates actually increasedyearover-year, despite newfencing walls. embodies a cross- border spirit that transcends walls rather than proving more are needed.
“The richest of the rich, the poorest of the poor, we all have difffffffffffferent reasons for wanting to cross, and people cross every day,” said El Paso Council member Peter Svarzbein.
ElPasolaysbare themixed feelings the border inspires. Evennative BetoO’Rourke, a formerDemocratic congressman now mulling a presidential run, says barriers are inevitable that Trump’s calls for an expanded wall are the “cynical rhetoric of war, of invasions, of fear.”
O’Rourke will help lead a Monday evening march opposing the wall with dozens of local civic, human rights and Hispanic groups at the time Trump is
his rally. For centuries, virtually nothing but an often easily wadable Rio Grande stood the city and Juarez. But worsening economic problems in Mexico increased the of immigrants into the United States in the 1970s, prompting Congress to approve chain-link fencinghereandinSanDiego dubbed the “Tortilla Curtain.” More barriers were addedin the 1990s
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A congressional deal seemed to stall even after Mulvaney convened a bipartisan group of lawmakers at Camp David, the presidential retreat innorthernMaryland. While the two sides seemed close to clinching a deal late lastweek, signifificant gaps remain
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