During a recent rally in El Paso, Texas, Democrat Beto O’Rourke attacked President Trump and his supporters’ plans to construct a barrier at the US-Mexico borderline to combat illegal migration, as well as drug smuggling and human trafficking operations.
O’Rourke, who many liberals see as a possible Democrat 2020 contender, asserted that “walls do not save lives, walls end lives,” while addressing the crowd at his hometown of El Paso.
“Cities in the United States of America are safe, not because of walls, but in spite of walls,” said O’Rourke, echoing sentiments of his fellow Democrats who remain vehemently opposed to the president’s proposed increases to border security.
“We know that walls do not save lives. Walls end lives.” Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke countered President Trump’s claims of a border wall benefiting the U.S. at a rally in El Paso, Texas pic.twitter.com/Gws3NBH7Zz
— TIME (@TIME) February 12, 2019
However, Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw, who served in Afghanistan as a US Navy SEAL during combat operations, was not impressed, and demanded an explanation from O’Rourke.
.@BetoORourke should answer a simple question tonight with respect to the border debate:
If you could snap your fingers and make El Paso’s border wall disappear, would you?
Because this DHS graph shows that when the wall was built, illegal crossings dropped significantly. pic.twitter.com/JgquXfw2Ee
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) February 11, 2019
Crenshaw shared information from the Department of Homeland Security which proved that border barriers have drastically reduced illegal migration, and asked O’Rourke, “If you could snap your fingers and make El Paso’s border wall disappear – would you?”
The war veteran-turned-lawmaker went on to explain that, despite O’Rourke and others’ statements on the contrary, the rapidly rising numbers of illegal aliens and those encouraging their dangerous journeys require a physical barrier.
. @BetoORourke claimed passionately that “walls end lives.” A physical wall ends lives, really?
Truth is, “good intentions” are incentiving these dangerous journeys.
Back to reasonable debate: DHS just asking for extra fencing in certain locations, not entire border. https://t.co/gK63coQAbZ
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) February 12, 2019
Dem: walls can’t stop visa overstays!
Me: we know that
Dem: can’t stop drugs at points of entry either!
Me: never said it would
Dem: so why build it!? It’s immoral!
Me: Because last night in Rio Grande Valley I witnessed nearly 1,000 people cross unimpeded. Just one sector.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) February 2, 2019
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