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El Paso leaders react to Donald Trump’s visit to Texas near end of presidency

  | El Paso Times

Nearing the end of his presidency, Donald Trump is visiting Alamo, Texas, to tout the border wall’s construction.

The visit occurs as the president faces backlash and another possible impeachment for continuous fraud claims in the 2020 election, which many credits with leading to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol that left five dead, including a police officer.

The White House has billed Trump’s visit as a chance to “mark the completion of more than 400 miles of border wall – a promise made, promise kept –  and his Administration’s efforts to reform our broken immigration system.” 

Veronica Escobar

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso, said before the visit, Trump’s trip to the border is meant to “further politicize and celebrate his cruel immigration policies.”

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“Like a criminal who returns to the scene of a crime, he simply cannot help but gloat about stealing military funding to build an ineffective wall; separating thousands of children, traumatizing an entire generation of families; and violating U.S. and international practices and laws intended to protect vulnerable migrants,” Escobar said in the emailed statement. “His abhorrent policies only served to make America less safe.”

Escobar said Trump should have resigned “after inciting a terrorist attack against our country” and called his presidency “the most incompetent, xenophobic, and cruel administration in our nation’s history.”

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Beto O’Rourke

The former congressman and presidential candidate admonished Trump on Twitter Tuesday over immigration policies and rhetoric.

“We’ve borne the brunt of your cruelty & understand the cost & consequence of your administration better than most,” O’Rourke said on Twitter. “23 murdered in an El Paso Walmart by a gunman incited by your comparison of immigrants to ‘animals,’ to an ‘invasion,’ to an ‘infestation.'”

This story will be updated.

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