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Trump Rallies Supporters And Protesters In Dallas

Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio
Trump during his last Texas visit to Laredo.

Shortly before 5:00 p.m. Republican Presidential front runner Donald Trump arrived in Dallas for what his campaign has billed as his largest supporter rally yet.

Some 20,000 could show up at the American Airlines arena for the official campaign rally, though reporters at the arena say there are still a lot of empty seats.

A crowd of protesters organized by LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens, is confronting Trump outside the arena.  The protesters are drawing attention to Trump's call for deporting all illegal immigrants and building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. 

Fort Worth Star-Telegram political columnist Bud Kennedy talked with Texas Public Radio's Shelley Kofler about Trump's political foray into Texas.   

Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric appeals to some of the same Tea Party voters who sent Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz to Congress.  Kennedy says Cruz must win Texas on Super Tuesday in March to stay in the presidential race.  With his visit to Dallas Trump is challenging Cruz on his own turf.