Following a State of the Union speech in which President Donald Trump claimed a border wall helped transform El Paso from “one of our nation’s most dangerous cities,” the local sheriff took him task.
Richard Wiles said Trump was using “falsehoods” to “justify the building of a 2,000 mile wall.”
He said Trump was correct in his assessment of El Paso as “one of the safest cities in the nation,” but dismissed assertions about a prior high crime rate. In fact, reports show crime in the city ticked up during and after construction of the wall.
“And, El Paso was a safe city long before any wall was built. President Trump continues to give a false narrative about a great city that truly represents what this great nation is all about,” Wiles said.