Spectators begin arriving for President Trump's visit to El Paso

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., watch, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

El Paso continues to prepare for President Donald Trump’s visit to El Paso.

The “Make America Great Again” rally comes almost a week after he called out the border fence during his State of the Union address.

"The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime -- one of the highest in the country and considered one of our nation's most dangerous cities. Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities. Simply put, walls work and walls save lives,” said Trump.

El Paso crime stats show the border fence that was completed in 2008 did not make El Paso safer.

El Paso’s violent crime peaked in 1992.

Operation Hold The Line was enacted in 1993 and put U.S. Border Patrol agents feet away from each other.

El Paso’s violent crime rate was the lowest in the country between 2005 and 2007 before the fence was built.

However, FBI data shows the violent crime trend rose again between 2007 and 2010, after the fence was built.

The president tweeted Monday morning that he is expecting a crowd.

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