December 16, 2018
Robert “Beto” O’Rourke thinks the border wall is killing people.
During a town hall on Friday in El Paso, Texas, the failed senatorial candidate argued that the wall on the border between the U.S.-Mexico is the reason why an increasing number of migrants have died.
“The number of people dying at the U.S.-Mexico border in some years has grown,” O’Rourke said.
“In some years has grown because it’s connected to that wall that we have already built that pushes people who are at their most desperate and vulnerable to ever-more inhospitable stretches of the Chihuahua Desert,” he added.
Unsurprising to many, the 2020 hopeful didn’t bother to mention that most of the migrant deaths are attributed to people trying to illegally enter the country.
O’Rourke appeared to be arguing that the wall and other border barriers were at fault because it forced migrants to seek more dangerous routes to illegally enter the country.
The Texas Democrat went on to make that exact point without even realizing it.
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He told the audience that migrants attempting to illegally cross the border increased roughly 40 percent between 1998 and 2010 after some of the barrier was constructed in El Paso.
“The wall in this area was built in 2006, 2007, and 2008,” O’Rourke said. “So even though total crossing attempts had decreased, the number of deaths went up.”
O’Rourke’s solution is to securing the border is to “ensure that we are maximizing the potential from everyone … and treating each other with respect and dignity.”
The Texas progressive — who is undoubtedly gearing up for 2020 presidential run and wants to oust President Donald Trump — isn’t the only Democrat who has made ridiculous comments to show their opposition to the border wall.
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, said he’s opposing a border wall because people…