President Donald Trump will make the case for such barriers at a rally in El Paso, Texas, later today. Meanwhile, California’s governor is expected to announce that his state’s National Guard troops will no longer participate in Trump’s “manufactured crisis.”
Here’s what we’re watching today.
Fact check: Trump claims a wall made El Paso safe. Data shows otherwise.
The president falsely claimed during last week’s State of the Union that El Paso had been a hotbed of crime before a wall was built.
But local officials beg to differ. Statistics show crime in the city has been falling since 1993; a border fence wasn’t completed until 2009. Readour factcheck.
California governor to order National Guard troops back from Mexico border
“We really, really don’t know yet,” said Matt Bennett, a vice president of the centrist Democratic think tank Third Way.
But he’s not panicking yet.
“This year will be about playing to the activists on Twitter and online donor universe. Next year will be about winning votes, and those are very different universes,” he said.
Why Israel is fighting the global boycott movement
The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign seeks “full equality” for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel. It also advocates for the return of millions of Palestinians to the homes their ancestors left or were forced from when Israel was established in 1948.
Israeli officials allege the BDS movement is anti-Semitic and seeks to destroy the country. And the campaign is reverberating in the United States, where the Senate recently passed a bill that would allow states to punish businesses that take part in such boycotts.