In a release announcing Monday's events, O'Rourke's camp cast the protest as an effort to "show the country the reality of the border - a vibrant, safe, binational community that proudly celebrates its culture, history, diversity and status as a city of immigrants". With the agreement for troops to remain at the border through the end of September, an additional 3,750 servicemembers are expected to deploy in the coming days. "We thought we could sacrifice some of our humanity for security, we risk losing both", he wrote.
The remainder, to include military engineers tasked with putting up concertina wire, will be deployed from Kansas and Georgia.
"DoD continues to work closely with CBP to assess the situation and determine how best to support CBP's mission needs", Speaks said.
It's clear that Trump won't get anything close to the $5.7 billion he's demanded for wall construction, just as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will have to depart from her view that there shouldn't be any wall funding at all. Those servicemembers came from New Mexico and five other states.
"Let me assure you: We will not rest or relent until we have the technology, the personnel and the barriers required to secure our southern border".
US border patrol cars are seen through the fence of the bridge connecting Eagle Pass, Texas, with Piedras Negras, Mexico, near the banks of Rio Bravo, from Piedras Negras, Mexico, Feb. 7, 2019.
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Members of a Central American family leave a shelter in Piedras Negras, Mexico.
Way back in 1993, El Paso's violent crime peaked with 6,500 violent crimes recorded; by 2006, that had plummeted 34 percent to under 2,700 violent crimes. He agreed to reopen the government for three weeks without money for a border barrier, and congressional negotiators are working to find a compromise to avert another shutdown on February 15.
"Approximately 2,000 aliens have arrived in northern Mexico as part of a "caravan" seeking to cross the border into Texas", Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen said in a statement.
"Large bus loads of individuals are being bussed up to the border and we don't have any infrastructure in that area", the official said on the call with reporters.
By contrast, Ciudad Juárez, El Paso's Mexican sister city just across the border, has at times been one of the deadliest cities in the world and saw an increase in crime past year.
"It would make it better if the Democrats, Republicans, the USA government, the Mexican government and the Honduran government would work together to put on the table something that will resolve this for good", he said, noting that the caravans could disturb the city's $22 billion cross-border trade with the US.