Former Democratic Representative of Texas Beto O'Rourke said on Thursday he would "absolutely" support the demolition of existing barriers along the southern border with Mexico, in full embrace of open borders rhetoric, which allowed conservatives to wonder where the other potential of the Democratic White House in 2020 faces this issue.
O'Rourke's comments were made when Parliament and the Senate adopted a compromise bill on spending, which would partially fund $ 1.4 billion of President Trump's proposed bordering wall. Trump, who insisted on more billions, promised to declare a national emergency to fund the rest of the project.
Against the backdrop of congressional debates, GOP representative in Texas, Dan Dan Krenshaw, wrote on Twitter earlier on Thursday. "Rourke will answer a simple question:" If you can snap your fingers and disappear El Paso's border wall, do not you? " He cites data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), according to which illegal border posts have fallen sharply in El Paso after building a wall there.
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MSNBC host Chris Hayes put a version of this question on O Roodie on Air: "Would you please take the wall here -" Yes, absolutely, answers Roark, who is believed to be a potential candidate in 2020, but has not officially announced his intention to run. "
Asked if the citizens of El Paso would support this a referendum, O'Rourke replied: "I know."
He continued, "Here's what we know. The Protected Fence Act [of 2006] we have built 600 miles of walls and fences on a 2000-mile border. What has been done is not in any obvious way made us safer ̵
Senate minority leader Chuck Sumer, DN.Y., and other Democrats, including then Sens., Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton backed the 2006 Safe Fence Act, which allowed the construction of about 700 miles of border fences. By 2015, almost all of these fences were completed, according to government figures.
"More than 4,000 human beings, young children, women and children have died," says O'Rourke, "They are not in cages, not are locked, not separated – they are dead in the last 10 years, as we have excluded their ability to do asylum applications, urban centers such as El Paso, to be with the family, to work at work, to do what every human being should have the right to do, what we would do if we face the same circumstances in which they were. "
In response: Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parcale asked in Twitter whether other possible or declared hopes of the Democratic White House have agreed. "To explain why she does not insist on removing existing physical barriers or to oppose the ongoing construction of new wall projects near San Diego." If Nancy Pelosi believes the walls are immoral, why not want this brings down all the existing walls between the United States and Mexico, even the new ones that they have just built in San Diego with their very strong call, Trump said. "Let millions of uncontrolled" strangers "just flow into the US."
Some progressive congresses, including the Democratic Republic of Texas Veronica Escobar, insisted this month that "we know the walls are not working." Escobar signaled that he could support the removal of some barriers called "ugly" walls and "division monuments."
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that physical barriers, including enclosures and fences, cover about 46 miles of the urban 60 border with Mexico. In February, construction is scheduled to begin 14 miles of additional secondary walls, with work starting 15 miles from the backup wall this summer.
Earlier this month, in an interview with CNN, Democratic California representative Juan Vargas admitted that
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"I mean, you go to the border and you see long rows of people waiting So we have a problem having big waiting lines to get in, – said Vargas at anchor Don Lemon – You know, there's fencing to be honest with you There are places, where we already have fences where it made sense for some security.
O'Neill Rourke's comments to MSNBC on Thursday, however, were the most obvious anti-wall comments by a prominent Democrat and created another potential confrontation between Trump and the progressive star On Monday evening, Trumps conducted a rally-style El Paso campaign – just as O'Rourke led a border wall protest of approximately half a mile.
Nicole Dara contributed to this report