El Paso, Texas — El Paso County Democratic Chair Iliana Holguin expressed outrage over the patently untrue statements about the city of El Paso made by President Donald Trump during today’s State of the Union Address:
During his speech, President Trump falsely claimed that El Paso was one of the most violent cities in the nation until a wall was erected between El Paso and Cd. Juarez, Mexico as support for his continued insistence that a border wall is the only solution to the challenges at the U.S./Mexico border. President Trump’s remarks, however, were very quickly fact-checked and disproven by local, state and national media outlets. In truth, El Paso has for many, many years been one of the safest cities of its size, if not the safest city, well before the construction of the border wall was authorized by President George W. Bush in 2006 and before construction on the wall actually began in 2008.
“El Pasoans should be outraged at the statements made by President Trump tonight about our city. The President lied to the country about our community tonight and sought to paint El Paso and the border as a violent, horrible place that only became safe after the building of a wall. Everyone in El Paso knows the truth, however, which is that our community is not safer because of a wall. El Paso is consistently one of the safest cities in the country because our local law enforcement agencies understand the importance of community policing. Our local law enforcement agencies understand the importance of building trust and working with immigrant communities so that victims of crime are not afraid to call the police to report crimes committed against them regardless of their immigration status, and that is what has made El Paso safe,” said Iliana Holguin, Chair of the El Paso County Democratic Party.
“We have to take a stand against the blatant lies told about our community by a President who is simply seeking to gain political points and garner support for an unnecessary and ineffective border wall simply because he promised it to his supporters while on the campaign trail in 2016. We must remember that in less than two years, we will once again have the opportunity to elect individuals who truly reflect our values and beliefs and don’t simply seek to demonize entire communities of color for political gain.”