• Iliana Holguin

President Trump heads to El Paso; some residents suggest he should stay away

by Christian Flores, Sinclair Broadcast Group

Wednesday, August 7th 2019

EL PASO, Texas — President Trump will head to Texas on Wednesday, days after a violent rampage in El Paso left 22 people dead.

While many will welcome the president, including city and county leaders, many residents have said they cannot forget what President Trump has said about immigrants, at times targeting the border city.

"I just think he should stay back, or come and apologize to everyone because in one part, it's kind of his fault."

"I'm not really a big supporter of him because of so many racist comments he has made."

El Paso County Democratic Party chairwoman Iliana Holguin wrote an open letter asking the president not to come, fearing his presence will hurt the healing process.

"The very language he uses on a regular basis when he's talking about immigrant communities and communities like ours, is very likely tied to the reason the shooter chose to come to El Paso," she said.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo, who has clashed with the president in the past, says he will welcome President Trump.

"I will ask President Trump to support our efforts with any and all resources available."

President Trump tweeted on Monday that he wanted stronger background check legislation, but suggested tying that to immigration reform.

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