El Paso residents opposed to border wall hold counter protest to Trump’s visit

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Marchers in El Paso, Texas, get ready to start their counter-protest to President Donald Trump's visit. He will rally support for a border wall but many resident of the city say they don't need or want a wall. (SiegelForTexas/Twitter)

By Felecia Pohl

WASHINGTON — Women’s March El Paso volunteer Lyda Ness Garcia said the city of El Paso is coming together Monday evening to send a message to President Donald Trump.

“We won’t stand for lies being told against us, and we won’t be used as a part of a political debate,” she said.

A counter event called March for Truth will be held in El Paso to coincide with Trump’s visit on Monday night, Garcia said. The president is coming to the city to rally support for his border wall for the U.S.-Mexico border.

The march is a way to protest the lies being spread about the city, Garcia said, but also to celebrate the city coming together to do so.

Garcia said that El Paso is a “safe city, a civil city, and a beautiful community,” and that Trump lied about it during his State of the Union address last Tuesday.

El Paso has “never been one of the most dangerous cities,” she said.

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, an El Paso native, will participate in the March for Truth and Garcia said the Democrat is standing with his community in opposition of the wall.

In a tweet urging others to participate in the march, O’Rourke tweeted: “Tonight, we will meet lies and hate with the truth and a positive, inclusive, ambitious vision for the future from the U.S.-Mexico border.”

O’Rourke lost his bid for a Senate seat in the midterm election last November. He has hinted that he might run for president.

Garcia said that the city of El Paso is safe because of the people, and that the wall would be a huge waste of money that instead  could be spent on education and health care.

She also said that El Paso is made up of mostly immigrants, and building the border wall is selling out fellow human beings.

Garcia wants Trump to know that he is not welcome by a majority of residents and that the March for Truth isn’t a welcoming committee for him. She said that El Paso residents are upset about what is being said about their city, and that organizers hope hope the March for Truth participants will outnumber those at Trump’s.

The March for Truth is co-sponsored by the Border Network For Human Rights and Women’s March El Paso.

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