‘Has done is not in any demonstrable way made us safer….’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Possible presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke said he would rid the U.S.-Mexico border of all barriers and fences if he could.
The Texas Democrat, who ran a failed Senate campaign against Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Tuesday that he’s for open borders.
“Absolutely, I’d take the wall down,” O’Rourke said.
O’Rourke’s comment was in response to a question Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, asked on Twitter: “If you could snap your fingers and make El Paso’s border wall disappear, would you?”
At least O’Rourke answered honestly, Crenshaw said — most Democrats refuse to admit they are for an open border policy.
At least Beto is honest about his open border policy. Most Dems claim to support a secure border while simultaneously undermining it at every turn.
Should also note: El Paso mayor stated “The fence has worked.” Residents have “stated that they felt more secure with the fence.” https://t.co/YbDji8dCHa
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) February 15, 2019
But O’Rourke argued that physical barriers, like President Trump’s proposed border wall, won’t enhance border security.
“Here’s what we know: after the Secure Fence Act, we have built 600 miles of wall and fencing on a 2,000 mile border,” O’Rourke told Hayes. “What that has done is not in any demonstrable way made us safer.”
If anything, enhanced fencing on the border has worsened the humanitarian crisis Trump talked about in his campaign rally in El Paso, O’Rourke said.
Fencing has forced migrants to uncivilized places along the border, “ensuring their suffering and death,” he said.
“They’re dead, over the last 10 years, as we have walled off their opportunity to legally petition for asylum to cross in urban centers, like El Paso,” he said. “To be with family. To work jobs. To do what any human being should have a right to be able to do.”