Robert “Beto” Francis O’Rourke officially kicked off his 2020 run in his hometown of El Paso on Saturday.
Breitbart reported that during the rally, Beto declared that immigrants and asylum seekers make the border town safe.
In a speech to over 1000 supporters, O’Rourke drew a sharp contrast between his immigration policies and those of President Donald Trump, extolling the virtues of increased immigration and diversity as a unifying force.
“With Ciudad Juarez we form the largest binational community in this hemisphere. And for 20 years running, we’ve been one of the safest cities in the United States of America,” the El Paso native declared. “We are safe not despite the fact that we are a city of immigrants and asylum seekers. We are safe because we are a city of immigrants and asylum seekers.”
“We have learned not to fear our differences, but to respect and embrace them. We see the languages spoken in this community, the traditions, the cultures, as a strength for El Paso,” he added.
O’Rourke’s remarks follow a threat by President Trump to shut down the Southern border, citing repeated failures by the Mexican government to assist the administration in preventing further South American caravans reaching the United States. The president also blasted Democrats for advocating “weak” immigration laws.
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KHOU reported that when asked, former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke said Thursday not only does he oppose President Trump’s border wall but he would take down the existing walls if he could.
.@BetoORourke should answer a simple question tonight with respect to the border debate:
If you could snap your fingers and make El Paso’s border wall disappear, would you?
Because this DHS graph shows that when the wall was built, illegal crossings dropped significantly. pic.twitter.com/JgquXfw2Ee
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) February 11, 2019
Regardless of his dangerous border policy ideas, Beto has attracted some interesting supporters and characters, in a large, and growing field of Democrat candidates.
Offered without comment pic.twitter.com/AoqqLS6nYB
— Jay Root (@byjayroot) March 31, 2019