El Paso mayor speaks to Fox News ahead of Trump’s visit


>>Sandra: RED FLAG PROPOSAL AND THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR THERE. MORE FROM THE PRESIDENT HERE TALKING ABOUT THE APPETITE FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS. THAT CERTAINLY WILL BE NEWS COMING OUT OF THE PRESIDENT’S WORDS AS HE DEPARTS THE WHITE HOUSE. HE IS HEADING TO EL PASO ALONG WITH THE FIRST LADY AND TO DAYTON, OHIO TODAY. WHEN ASKED WHY LEAVING THE WHITE HOUSE A FEW MOMENTS AGO HE SAID I WILL GO TO PAY MY RESPECTS. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONGRATULATE POLICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE JOB THAT THEY HAVE DONE IS INCREDIBLE. SOMEONE I KNOW WHO WILL AGREE WITH THAT IS MAYOR — THE MAYOR OF EL PASO, DEE MARGO JOINING US NOW. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.>>GOOD MORNING.>>Sandra: HOW ARE THE PEOPLE OF YOUR COMMUNITY DOING THIS MORNING?>>WE’RE SURVIVING TH. IS NOT GOING TO DEFINE US. WE’RE PRETTY RESILIENT. I KNOW PEOPLE WILL REFER TO THIS FROM AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE BUT I HOPE IT’S AN — IT WILL NOT DEFINE US. WE’RE A SPECIAL COMMUNITY PEOPLE DON’T FULLY GRASP.>>Sandra: WE SEE PICTURES OF THE VIGIL HELD SUNDAY AFTER THE HORRIFIC EVENT PLAYED OUT. YOU SAID NO ONE COULD HAVE POSSIBLY PREPARED FOR IT. YOU ARE NOW ANTICIPATING THE PRESIDENT’S ARRIVAL THERE. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM THE PRESIDENT TODAY WHEN HE ARRIVES?>>WELL, I DON’T KNOW REALLY WHAT TO EXPECT. I THINK IT’S INCUMBENT UPON HIM TO BE HERE. CRITICISM EITHER WAY. I’M FULFILLING MY OFFICE AT THE MAYOR OF EL PASO FOR ALL OF US. PEOPLE HAVE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT COMING. BUT HE HOLDS THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND WE WILL NEED HELP IN ORDER TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THIS COMMUNITY FROM A HEALING STANDPOINT AS WELL AS PROBABLY FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO SUPPORT US FOR WHAT WE’VE BEEN UNDERGOING.>>Sandra: WHAT SORT OF HELP IS THAT THAT YOU BELIEVE YOU’LL NEED AND THAT YOU’LL TALK ABOUT WITH THE PRESIDENT WHEN HE ARRIVES THERE?>>WELL, HAVEN’T CODIFIED A LIST IN MY OWN MIND. WE SPEND LOTS OF DOLLARS IN SECURITY THROUGH OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS, EMERGENCY SHELTERS, THOSE TYPE OF THINGS. SO IT’S JUST — WE’LL QUANTIFY IT. I’LL BE HAPPY TO VISIT WITH HIM AND TALK ABOUT WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT OUR REGION THAT GOES BACK 350 YEARS. WE’VE BEEN HERE 100 YEARS BEFORE THE UNITED STATES WAS EVER FORMED. I DON’T THINK PEOPLE FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT. WE’RE A REGION OF 2 1/2 MILLION PEOPLE. COMMERCE AND FAMILIES ON BOTH SIDES. IT’S UNIQUE. THERE IS NO OTHER PLACE IN NORTH AMERICA LIKE OUR REGION. YOU CAN LOOK SOUTH AND YOU CAN’T SEE WHERE THE U.S. ENDS AND MEXICO BEGINS.>>Sandra: WE SEE EL PASO OVER THE WEEKEND AFTER THIS ALL PLAYED OUT. SOME OF THIS VIDEO IS DURING THAT WAS ALL HAPPENING AND YOU SEE THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND POLICE ON THE SCENE. THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE WANTS TO FIRST AND FOREMOST THANK THEM FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN ALL OF THIS BUT YOU LOOK BACK AND THAT WAS A DAY WHERE SO MANY OF THESE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THEY HAD ARRIVED JUST TO GO SHOPPING THAT DAY AND CARRY ON WITH THEIR EVERYDAY LIVES AND THIS HAPPENED. NO ONE COULD HAVE EXPECTED THIS. AND THIS IS HARMFUL TO — GO AHEAD, MAYOR.>>THIS EVIL THAT PERPETRATED THIS HORRENDOUS KILLINGS CAME FROM OUT OF TOWN. HE DID NOT COME FROM EL PASO. I AM CONVINCED HE WOULD NOT HAVE COME FROM OUR REGION AT ALL. THAT’S NOT WHAT WE’RE ABOUT. WE WILL COME TOGETHER. THIS WILL NOT DEFINE US. THAT MORNING, SATURDAY MORNING PEOPLE WERE PREPARING FOR BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING. IT WAS A NORMAL DAY. PEOPLE HAVE ASKED ME IF I WAS SURPRISED THERE WERE MEXICAN NATIONALS IN WAL-MART. NO. THAT’S WHAT WE ARE. ONE REGION BACK AND FORTH. I’M NOT SURE ANY OF THE REAL HEALING WILL START UNTIL WE FINISH THE 22 FUNERALS.>>Sandra: THAT IS GOING TO BE JUST ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATING FOR SO MANY. I KNOW THAT YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING THOSE FUNERALS. WHAT UPDATE CAN YOU GIVE US NOW ON THE INVESTIGATION?>>ALL I’VE HEARD FROM OUR CHIEF OF POLICE HE HAS BEEN VERY COOPERATIVE. BASICALLY TELLING THEM EVERYTHING. HIS MANIFESTO IS A REAL INDICTMENT TO BEGIN WITH OF HATE CRIMES AND WHITE SUPREMACY. TEXAS WILL SEEK THE CAPITAL MURDER, IF CONVICTED BE SUBJECT POTENTIALLY TO EXECUTION. IF THEY DO HATE CRIMES ON THE FEDERAL SIDE IT ALSO HAS THE POTENTIAL FOR THAT. BUT I WANT TO SEE HIM PROSECUTED TO THE FULL EXTENT.>>Sandra: HARD TO BELIEVE HOW POLITICAL IT HAS BECOME WITH SOME CHOOSING TO BLAME THE PRESIDENT IN SOME CASES BUT THERE IS A BLAME GAME HAPPENING AND IT HAS GOTTEN HAVE POLITICAL. DO YOU CARE TO RESPOND TO WHAT YOU’VE HEARD THAT’S CURRENTLY OUT THERE, MAYOR?>>I’VE BEEN TRYING TO AVOID POLITICIZING ANY PART OF THIS. I DON’T THINK IT’S PROPER FOR THE FAMILIES AND IT’S NOT REFLECTIVE OF OUR COMMUNITY. AT OUR VIGIL SUNDAY NIGHT THE MANTRA WAS WE WILL CONFRONT HATE WITH LOVE. I’M JUST TRYING TO CARRY THAT FORWARD. I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE RUNNING FOR POLITICAL OFFICE BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT WE’RE ABOUT TODAY AND I REPRESENT ALL OF EL PASO AS WE

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