Congresswoman Veronica Escobar sent a letter to President Trump on Thursday, asking him to correct his controversial remarks on El Paso and apologize to its residents.
As KTSM reported last week, Trump claimed that “El Paso was one of the most dangerous cities in the whole country” before the border fence.
However, FBI data reveals that violent crime in El Paso was at its peak in 1996 before dropping in 2006 — two years before the reinforced border wall was built in 2008.
In addition, the CQ Press reveals that El Paso was ranked the 254th city in terms of crime rates in 2008.
“El Paso has never been one of the most ‘dangerous cities’ in the country, and our safety and security has long been a point of pride,” Escobar wrote in the letter. “These distortions about our vibrant community are harmful to our reputation and degrade our spirit.”
Trump’s comments were made just days before his campaign website announced a “MAGA rally” will take place in El Paso on Monday.
“I urge you to treat this visit as your opportunity not only to correct the record and ensure that the misinformation you stated on the national stage is retracted, but also an opportunity to apologize to El Pasoans for the disparagement of our community,” Escobar wrote.
Click HERE to read Escobar’s full letter.