Beto O’Rourke making national Democrats think they have a chance at taking Senate control…
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke said the U.S. doesn’t “need a wall” and advocated for illegal immigrant amnesty during an interview with Stephen Colbert on the “Late Show” Wednesday.
O’Rourke, who is running against Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, challenged President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies, arguing Texas is made up of “safe cities” where people “treat one another with respect and dignity.”
He cited his home town of El Paso as an example, calling it a “city of immigrants” and one of the “safest cities in the United States of America.”
Politifact, however, rated O’Rourke’s claim as “half true,” and said O’Rourke’s sources use incomplete information.
Even O’Rourke has admitted in the past the statistics he relied on weren’t a “perfect way to assess a city’s relative safety.”
Democrats have high hopes that O’Rourke will oust the favored Cruz.
He’s “chipped away” at Cruz’s poll lead, according to Bloomberg News, causing the GOP to mobilize fundraising for Cruz’s campaign and President Donald Trump to plan a campaign rally in Texas.
O’Rourke also said on the “Late Show” he wanted complete amnesty for Dreamers, or illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
Colbert, noting that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was willing to give Trump the wall in exchange for amnesty for the Dreamers, asked O’Rourke if he would take that deal.
“No I wouldn’t,” O’Rourke said, reiterating that Texas doesn’t “need a wall.”
“I think the people of Texas will lead on this,” he said. “We can free Dreamers from the fear of deportation by making them U.S. citizens today, so they can contribute to their maximum capacity, to their full potential. And we can move forward in that manner, making sure we live up to our values and our ideals.”
When asked about Trump’s rally for Cruz in Texas, O’Rourke dismissed it, telling Colbert “the people of Texas are more than a match” for their alliance.
“This is going to be interesting,” O’Rourke said, but said he believes Texans think more like him than like Trump and Cruz.
“Are they going to help us decide as a country are we a nation of walls?” O’Rourke said. “Will we ban all Muslims or all people of one religion? Will we describe the press as the ‘enemy of the people?’ Will we take kids away from their parents when they’re trying to claim asylum, fleeing from the most brutal countries in this hemisphere, if not the planet?”
O’Rourke said instead of allowing Trump to dictate what Texas’s immigration laws should be, Texas should set the example and forge its own path.
“In this diverse state, we could lead on rewriting our immigration laws in our own image, reflecting on our experiences,” he said. “We can do all of those things.”