El Paso has historically been one of the safest cities in the U.S. City leaders often cite the city's low crime rate using Federal Bureau of Investigation tracking data to underscore how it has long ranked among the safest urban areas of its size, even before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that prompted the Bush administration to begin adding more fencing along the border in 2007.
"The country will be watching, and it falls on all of us to tell the true story about the border", O'Rourke said Sunday on Twitter.
The rally comes as O'Rourke nears a decision on whether to join the Democratic race to challenge Trump in 2020 following a closer-than-expected loss to U.S. Sen.
The former three-term congressman from Texas is joining a one-mile march that will end with O'Rourke giving a speech critical of Trump's push for billions in federal funds to extend a wall along with border with Mexico.
On the other side of the debate, Trump's campaign put out a video highlighting the need for a wall and featuring El Paso residents.
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Women's March El Paso has organized a counter to Trump's visit.
He played the president's State of the Union claim about crime in El Paso and said, "Whatever your position on border barriers or a border wall, the case the president lays out about El Paso is simply false. Now, immediately upon its building, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country".
Veronica Escobar, a Texas Democrat, has asked the president to apologize for his remarks, CNN reported. "Law enforcement in our community continues to keep us safe". "These distortions about our vibrant community are harmful to our reputation and degrade our spirit", she wrote.