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Trump told the rally attendees that construction of the wall had begun in the border in the city of El Paso as of Monday morning, which is not true. The sheriff: "Trump continues to give a false narrative". "I could've stayed out there and listened, or I could have come out to the people of El Paso, and Texas, I chose you", Trump said.

Down by the border, Trump was in outsized form, firing off his dubious claims on immigration while torching Democrats with fierce new attacks on climate change and abortion.

Trump's rally, hard by the "successful border fence", will be met by the Baby Trump blimp and a galvanized March For Truth and Celebration of El Paso featuring Beto O'Rourke, who often cites the contributions of immigrants to his city. During his State of the Union address last week, he addressed El Paso and its proximity to the border.

El Paso is a largely immigrant city, with extensive personal and economic ties to Mexico. Now they will need the support of Trump, who must sign the legislation.

Trump falsely claimed in last week's State of the Union address that El Paso was one of the country's "most risky cities" until it erected border fencing between it and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Yet "the wall is being built and at a very fast pace", Trump claimed.

El Paso will fill the El Paso County Coliseum to capacity and beyond for President Trump on Monday night, and the president has tweeted that he expects many more outside.

Mr Trump agreed to reopen the Government last month for three weeks to allow congressional negotiators time to find a compromise on funding for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends on September 30, to avert another shutdown.

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El Paso County lawmakers passed a resolution ahead of Trump's visit, saying the city's residents are "disillusioned by [the president's] lies regarding the border and our community".

United States legislators have reached a tentative deal on funding for border security to avoid another government shutdown that was due to start on Saturday, AFP reported. He has been adamant that Congress approve money for a wall along the Mexican border, though he no longer repeats his 2016 mantra that Mexico will pay for it, and he took to the stage as lawmakers back in Washington were announcing their breakthrough.

Trump alluded to the standoff Monday.

Asked whether there would be another government shutdown at the end of this week, Trump said: "That's up to the Democrats".

El Paso community leaders denounced the wall and Trump's immigration policies.

Republicans tentatively agreed to far less money for Trump's border wall than the White House's $5.7bn wish list, settling for a figure of almost $1.4bn, according to congressional aides.

Trump, who has been threatening to declare a national emergency to bypass Congress, added, "Just so you know, we're building the wall anyway". That's despite being just across the border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, a city plagued by drug violence.

The mayor of El Paso and the head of the Borderplex Alliance, an economic development group in the area, both took issue with Trump for saying El Paso was made much safer by the construction of walls there in the mid-2000s.


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