Mr. Trump, tear down that wall? Possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke of Texas not only opposes President Trump’s construction plans, he said he would rip out existing walls on the southern border.
The Washington Times noted O’Rourke had been publicly asked by freshman Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, why he should let existing walls stand if he thinks walls are immoral.
In an interview Thursday with MSNBC on the border, host Chris Hayes repeated the question.
“Yes, absolutely. I’d take the wall down,” said the former congressman from El Paso, who unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, last fall.
He said El Paso residents would agree in a referendum, claiming the current fencing had killed more than 4,000 illegal immigrants.
O’Rourke said the border barriers have “pushed migrants and asylum seekers and refugees to the most inhospitable, most hostile stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border, ensuring their suffering and death.”
“More than 4,000 human beings — little kids, women and children — have died,” O’Rourke said.
He called illegal immigration a human right.
“We have walled off their opportunity … to cross in urban centers like El Paso, to be with family, to work jobs, to do what any human being should have the right to be able to do,” he said.