The former congressman from El Paso, Beto O’Rourke, commented that he would tear down President Donald Trump’s wall at the American-Mexican border, as well as the other existing barriers there if given the opportunity.
The left-leaning politician would only do this in areas where barriers do more bad than good.
The politician made the bold statement during an interview with MSNBC on Thursday, shortly after the White House and the Senate agreed on the stunning $1.4 billion budget for border security and some fencing.
In recent information issued by the White House on Thursday, the president was ready to sign the spending measure but at the same time was prepared to announce the country was in a state of national emergency if that was what needed to be done to diminish the so-called national security crisis at the border.
When asked by Texas Rep Dan Crenshaw if he would remove the wall if he could, O’Rourke confirmed without any hesitation that he would do this if possible.
Furthermore, O’Rourke explained his answer by saying that the obstacles and the barriers at the Mexican border did not do anything to help the national security, but only led to the deaths of more than 4,000 refugees over the course of the last 10 years.
He explained: "It's cost us tens of billions of dollars to build and maintain. And it's pushed migrants and asylum seekers and refugees to the most inhospitable, the most hostile stretches of the US-Mexico border, ensuring their suffering and death. More than 4,000 human beings, little kids, women and children, have died. They're not in cages; they're not locked up, they're not separated -- they're dead, over the last 10 years."
The rumored candidate in the next presidential election expressed the same point of view recently when he organized and attended a rally in El Paso.
In front of his numerous supporters at the event, the businessman stated that instead of saving lives, walls ended lives. Beto also urged people to make a stance for the truth and against the lies, hate, ignorance, and intolerance.
Is O'Rourke offering a real challenge to Mr. Trump when it comes to immigration?