El Paso residents unsure of what to expect from President Trump’s prime time talk

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President Donald Trump pauses while speaking about border security, Thursday Jan. 3, 2019, in a surprise appearance in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Here in the Borderland there are different opinions on whether there is a security crisis on the border. 

President Donald Trump will deliver a speech from the White House tonight, but there are also plans for him to visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday.

All this comes as he tries to get support to fund the Border Wall.

“Does the president have the rhetorical chops to be able to distinguish what he wants and what the democratic house is going to hold back on,” said UTEP Communications expert Richard Pineda. 

He added that there are two things President Trump needs to do during his address. 

“The first is to have a clear argument as to what his interpretation of border threats and threats to security are,” Pineda said. “He has to make that clear to Congress as well as the American public. And the second thing. He has to justify one was or another  the government shutdown.” 

The President said in a Tweet that this speech would be on the “humanitarian and national security crisis on our southern border. 

Both political parties in El Paso agree that there is a humanitarian crisis but they don’t see eye to eye on why it is a crisis. 

“We have a humanitarian crisis with the large numbers of central American refugees that are coming to the U.S. seeking asylum but that crisis is created by the president’s administration because they changed the way people process themselves,” said Iliana Holguin, the El Paso County Democratic Party Chair.

“I think we are in a crisis but the crisis relates to the countries who won’t take care of their people and the individuals who allow them to put the men, women, and children at risk crossing the border illegally and violating the laws of our country,” said Adolfo Telles, El Paso County Repubican Party Chair.

The President has also said he may declare a national emergency in order to build the wall without having to wait for Congress to fund it. 

His address will be on KTSM at 7 p.m. 

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