Trump’s visit was met by protesters who rallied on both sides of the border—in Reynosa, Mexico, and in McAllen, Texas. Efrén Olivares of the Texas Civil Rights Project said Trump was stoking racism, xenophobia and fears about a crime epidemic that doesn’t exist.
Efrén Olivares: “The crime rate is much lower here than it is in Houston and Dallas and Austin. So it’s a total falsehood that there’s crime, that the crime rates are high or that there’s a security crisis. People have homes right next to the river, and they live there peacefully without any fence or without any wall. That’s the way it’s been for generations. Now we have this president that, with a rhetoric of xenophobia and racism, is trying to make people who are not from here believe that there’s a crisis. But the people who live here, we know what it’s like, and we know that it’s completely false that there’s a crisis on the border.”