Beto O'Rourke joins anti-Trump march in El Paso

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeSanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina On The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump MORE (D-Texas) on Monday joined a counterprotest in El Paso, Texas, opposing a rally where President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE is expected to promote border walls.

Photos of the demonstration showed hundreds of protesters making their way through El Paso in the hours before Trump's rally in the border city. Some protesters repeatedly chanted "build bridges, not walls" as they marched along the border fence separating El Paso from Ciudad Juárez. 

Many demonstrators held signs condemning Trump's rhetoric on immigration. One read, "Trump made America hate again." Another propped up a sign reading, "Make tacos, not walls."

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Trump hosted a rally in El Paso on Monday night amid his calls for $5.7 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border. He said during his State of the Union last week that El Paso was an example of how walls work, a comment that prompted backlash from multiple local officials. 

The rally and march that O'Rourke headlined sought to "show the country the reality of the border," according to a statement released by O'Rourke's office Friday.

“Beto O’Rourke will join with his city on Monday evening to show the country the reality of the border — a vibrant, safe, binational community that proudly celebrates its culture, history, diversity and status as a city of immigrants,” the statement said before the rally. 

O'Rourke said during a speech at the rally that El Paso was one of the safest cities in the country. 

"Safe not because of walls but in spite of walls," he said.