1,800-strong migrant caravan detained in old factory across from Texas

No wall on White House talking points on State of the Union | McClatchy Washington Bureau

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio said Trump "paints a very scary and unfair picture of our border cities, particularly in Texas ... but the people of Texas know that the president is lying, that these are wonderful places, that they're safe cities".

The state government organized 49 buses from the interior cities of Saltillo and Arteaga to ensure the migrants' safety, said Jose Borrego, a spokesman for the Coahuila state government.

Members of a migrant caravan remain detained by authorities in an old factory outside of Piedras Negras, Mexico. The caravan is the first in recent months to head toward Texas instead of California.

The U.N. refugee agency noted that Mexico had received 12,574 requests for humanitarian visas January 17-29, nearly all from migrants who left Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

The area from Piedras Negras east to Nuevo Laredo has always been dominated by the now-fragmented Zetas cartel.

- President Trump on Wednesday said he wants to increase the number of people who legally migrate to the U.S.

The Daily Wire previously reported that 1,500 Central American migrants have arrived at a different section of the U.S. -Mexico border.

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In his lengthy Medium post, O'Rourke slammed Trump's "racist, inflammatory rhetoric" about the border and laid out reasons he thought US policy had exacerbated immigration-related challenges.

A fact check by the El Paso Times found that the crime rate was decreasing in the city before the border fence, as crime rates fell nationwide from the high levels of the 1990s. Homeland Security officials said Border Patrol officers had already apprehended some migrants who crossed the border illegally overnight.

US border patrol cars are seen through the fence of the bridge connecting Eagle Pass, Texas, with Piedras Negras, Mexico, near the banks of Rio Bravo, from Piedras Negras, Mexico, Feb. 7, 2019.

On that note, Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff Mark Napier said his address was largely a "positive message". A 14-ft-high border fence does exist in Eagle Pass, but it is poorly maintained, with several gaps and even open gates along its two-mile span. "In other words, he seeks in one administration to repeat all the mistakes of the last half-century".

Trump's guests for the speech included Alice Marie Johnson, whose life sentence for drug offenses was commuted by the president, and Joshua Trump, a sixth-grade student from Wilmington, Delaware, who has been bullied over his last name.

Eagle Pass has about 26,000 residents, according to the US Census.

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