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And in a near-showdown that seemed to mirror the ongoing political dispute over the border, Trump was greeted by a counter-rally led by Democrat Beto O'Rourke.

There's a strong possibility that political pundits will look back on February 11, 2019, as a day that saw battle lines drawn in the Texas sand.

"We will not take advantage of them", O'Rourke added about immigrants.

During his remarks Monday night, Trump also said he had 35,000 people while O'Rourke had a few hundred.

MSNBC reported that an estimated 7,000 people attended O'Rourke's event, while Bloomberg News reported that El Paso police estimated a crowd of between 10,000 and 15,000. And he has 200 people, 300 people.

The president said although there is progress being made, he will not allow legislation which forces the mass release of criminals into the country. "Beto was defeated", Trump said, referring to the race against Cruz, as the president boasted of his own undefeated record in his first bid for office.

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The rallies across the street from each other served as a preview of the heated years-long fight over the direction of the country.

"I wouldn't mind having one, honestly, but I don't have any time", Trump said at a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas, after he described watching a shepherd sniff out drugs hidden in a box.

Earlier Monday, O'Rourke told journalists the West Texas city was safe prior to the wall and, in fact, crime has slightly gone up since it was erected.

O'Rourke said the protesters are calling for protecting DREAMers and welcoming asylum-seekers with "open arms" as well as making sure "we really live our ideals and our promise to one another".

During O'Rourke's speech, there were chants for him to run for president, which he has said he would consider.

The demand threatened to derail talks, raising the specter of another shutdown as of Saturday, yet the Senate's top spending negotiator, Richard Shelby of Alabama, said Monday night that Republicans and Democrats have reached an agreement in principle that resolves the spat.

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El Paso Mayor Dee Margo, a Republican, disputed the president's claim the city was unsafe before the wall.

He says he loves seeing young conservatives at the rally. He told them the idea of Clinton being convicted of crimes - apparently related to her use of a private email server as secretary of state - as looking like a better and better idea. "You don't have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth".

The countermarch began at a high school about a mile from the baseball field in the shadow of Trump's rally, its participants streaming past part of the border and the towering metal slats lining it. Marchers waved handmade signs reading "Fire the Liar", "Hate Is Not What Makes America Great" and "Make Tacos, Not Walls". "How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?"

President Trump rallies for his Wall in El Paso, Texas.

Parscale later claimed that O'Rourke only had 900 supporters, and that the president had tens of thousands at the rally and outside. The former Texas lawmaker failed past year in his effort to unseat GOP Sen. "Walls do not make us safer", he said. The crowd roared in agreement.

"'The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime - one of the highest in the entire country, and considered one of our nation's most unsafe cities, ' Trump said last Tuesday during his annual address".

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