Crime

Sheriff denounces ‘falsehoods’ about El Paso in Trump’s SOTU speech

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.

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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.

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