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Trump takes border campaign to El Paso

President Donald Trump takes his politically explosive push for walling off the Mexican border to the frontier city of El Paso on Monday, four days before a deadline for Congress to meet his demands. The president s campaign-style rally in El Paso will give Trump the kind of populist platform he loves. According to Trump, illegal immigrants pose a national security risk to the United States and can only be stopped by dramatic extensions of current barriers. It s an argument he backs up with lurid warnings about rapists and people traffickers extending far into the American heartland -- a message that critics describe as blatantly xenophobic and based on heavily manipulated data. Trump chose El Paso as a historic crossing point where, he says, walls have eradicated an out-of-control influx of criminals from Mexico and made the city a model for what could happen elsewhere on the border. But there ll be a counter-message a short distance from where Trump speaks when rising Democratic ...

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