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Beto O Rourke Biography

Beto O Rourke born Robert Francis O’Rourke is an American businessman and politician who served Texas’s 16th congressional district for three terms in the United States House of Representatives. O’Rourke was the 2018 Democratic nominee for the Texas Senate race, which he lost to Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.

A native of El Paso, Texas, O’Rourke was elected to the House in 2012 after defeating incumbent Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary. Before Congress, O’Rourke served on the El Paso City Council from 2005 to 2011.

Beto O Rourke Age

He was born on 26 September 1972 in El Paso, Texas, United States. As of 20189, 46 years old.

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He has two sons and one daughter. They are Ulysses O’Rourke(son), Henry O’Rourke (son) and Molly O’Rourke (daughter).

Beto O Rourke Name

Beto O’Rourke full name is Robert Francis O’Rourke.

Beto O Rourke Full Name

O’Rourke was born as Robert Francis O’Rourke but was nicknamed Beto by his while he was a young kid.

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Raised in the Kern Place neighborhood, O’Rourke began his education at Escuela Montessori Del Valle preschool and continued to Rivera Elementary School and Mesita Elementary School. In 1988, after two years at El Paso High School, he enrolled in Woodberry Forest School, an all-male boarding school in Madison County, Virginia.

Between graduating from high school and starting college in 1991, he was a summer congressional intern in the Capitol Hill office of U.S. Congressman Ron Coleman. O’Rourke attended Columbia University where in his junior year he co-captained Columbia’s heavyweight rowing crew.

He graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. He is fluent in Spanish. On May 19, 1995, O’Rourke and his friends sneaked under the fence at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) physical plant and were arrested by the UTEP police for burglary.

He stayed in jail overnight and posted bail the following day. He was initially charged with burglary, but UTEP decided not to press charges and prosecutors dropped the charges against O’Rourke and his friends in February 1996. O’Rourke was arrested for driving while intoxicated after a car crash on September 27, 1998, at 3:00 AM on Interstate 10 in Anthony, Texas.

The charges were dismissed in October 1999 after he completed a court-recommended DWI program. After attacks by his opponent upon entering politics in 2005, O’Rourke responded: “I’ve been open about it since the very beginning. I have owned up to it and I have taken responsibility for it.” He apologized and said he was “grateful for the second chance.”

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Donald Trump says wall will be built, calls out Beto O’Rourke in 1st campaign rally of 2019

In his first campaign rally of the year, President Donald Trump told a packed 6,000-seat arena in El Paso, Texas, that he intends to build a wall regardless of what’s in a deal negotiated by lawmakers on Capitol Hill working to fund the government.

“We probably have some good news, but who knows?” Trump told the crowd. “We are setting the stage. … We are setting the table. We are doing whatever we have to do. The wall is being built.”

News that an agreement has been reached came out just before Trump took the stage, but the president didn’t divulge any further details on the deal or on a border security compromise during his rally.

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As of 2015, he had an estimated net worth of about $9 million,

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He is the son to Pat O’Rourke, his father and Melissa O’Rourke, his mother. He is also the husband of Amy Hoover Sanders with whom he has three children.

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Bipartisanship
Allegheny College bestowed the 2018 Prize for Civility in Public Life to O’Rourke together with Will Hurd, a Texas Republican. In March 2017, facing snowstorm induced flight cancellations, O’Rourke and Hurd, both stuck in San Antonio, needed to get back to Washington for a House vote. They rented a car and embarked on a 1,600-mile drive that they captured on Facebook Live. O’Rourke and Hurd have worked collaboratively on legislation since the road trip.

Business
O’Rourke supports stronger antitrust laws to break up monopolies which he believes “stifle competition and innovation.” He promotes industry and business regulations meant to promote competition, help the economy to grow, and protect consumers. He believes, “We must connect those out of work with the high-value jobs being created right here in Texas by investing in the training, certification and apprenticeship programs that make it possible.” He has received high scores from labor unions with lifetime and yearly position scores of 90–100 percent from the AFL-CIO and a 95 percent lifetime score from AFSCME.

Crime
In an essay he wrote for Houston Chronicle he repeated a common refrain of his campaign, that “Harris County Jail is the largest provider of mental health services in our state,” and quoted the statistic that “the jail has more people receiving psychiatric treatment every day than the nine state mental hospitals in Texas combined.”

He proposed that politicians work to eliminate private, for-profit prisons, end the “war on drugs,” stop using mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent drug offenses, end cash bail that disproportionately affects those unable to pay bail with longer jail sentences and provide reentry programs to reduce recidivism for non-violent criminals.

Drugs
O’Rourke favors the decriminalization of possession and sale of small amounts of cannabis. In 2011, O’Rourke co-authored a book, Dealing Death and Drugs: The Big Business of Dope in the U.S. and Mexico, which in part argues for an end to the prohibition on marijuana. He has called for the arrest records of individuals sentenced for possession of small amounts of cannabis to be expunged.

During the 2018 Senate campaign, O’Rourke’s opponent, Ted Cruz, falsely claimed that O’Rourke sought to legalize heroin; what he had actually called for in 2009 was an “honest, open national debate on ending the prohibition on narcotics”.

Education
O’Rourke is in favor of increasing federal aid to public schools in low-income communities. He believes that teachers and local education officials should have more autonomy in setting classroom standards with a reduction of emphasis on “arbitrary, high-stakes tests”.

Environment
Before he was elected to city council, he joined neighborhood and community efforts to stop the re-permitting of the local ASARCO copper smelter, and once he was on the city council, he made several efforts to ensure that the copper smelter did not re-open.

O’Rourke supports efforts to combat global warming. He has advocated putting a price on carbon emissions and wants to substantially increase the use of renewable energy. He has been a vocal critic of the Trump Administration’s elimination of greenhouse gas regulations and the shrinking of the budget for environmental projects.

O’Rourke has introduced legislation to establish a national monument at Castner Range, near El Paso, and successfully included a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act to protect the area, which includes a historic military training facility.

O’Rourke’s holds a lifetime voting record of 95 percent and a 2017 score of 100 percent with the League of Conservation Voters’ national environmental ranking.

Foreign policy

O’Rourke denounced the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem as “provocative.” He supports a two-state solution and believes that the U.S. could best support a peaceful settlement by urging Israel to discontinue settlements in the West Bank and assist the Palestinian Authority to negotiate in good faith and recognize Israel’s right to exist.

In July 2018, O’Rourke said that Trump’s performance while attending the 2018 Russia–United States summit in Helsinki warranted impeachment. Addressing the Trump–Putin joint press conference of July 16, he said standing “on stage in another country with the leader of another country who wants to and has sought to undermine this country, and to side with him over the United States—if I were asked to vote on this I would vote to impeach the president.”

O’Rourke favors comprehensive immigration reform. As early as 2012, he asserted that his experience living on the border gave him “a strong understanding of immigration’s impact on our community,” calling El Paso “an Ellis Island to Latin America for more than 150 years,” and spoke against ‘militarizing’ the border. O’Rourke opposed Trump’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which granted a temporary stay to some undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors. O’Rourke said it is a “top priority” to protect DREAMers.

In October 2016, he gave a TEDx talk, titled The Border Makes America Great, about his views on immigration. He has criticized President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on immigration, saying: “[Trump is] constantly stoking anxiety and fear about Mexicans, immigrants and the border with Mexico.

Unfortunately, this President takes another step into a dark world of fear, isolation, and separation.” In June 2018, O’Rourke led protests in Tornillo, Texas, to protest the Trump administration family separation policy which involved the separation of children of immigrant families.

The city is located just miles from the Rio Grande, the river that creates the border of the United States and Mexico in the state of Texas. The Trump administration had created a “tent-city” in Tornillo, where separated children were being held without their parents. O’Rourke called this practice “Un-American” and the responsibility of all Americans.

Ted Cruz asserted in 2018 that O’Rourke wanted “open borders and wants to take our guns.”[161] PolitiFact found that Cruz’s claims were “false,” noting that O’Rourke had “not called for opening the borders or for government agents to take guns from law-abiding residents.”

Guns
On the evening of June 22, 2016, O’Rourke participated in the sit-in in the House of Representatives that attempted to force a vote on gun control legislation. When the Republicans ordered C-SPAN to turn off its normal coverage of the chamber, O’Rourke and Representative Scott Peters transmitted images by cell phone to social media for C-SPAN to broadcast.

He supports universal background checks for gun purchases. On March 7, 2018, O’Rourke told Alisyn Camerota of CNN: “We have a great tradition and culture of gun ownership and gun safety for hunting, for sport, for self-defense… I think that can allow Texas to take the lead on a really tough issue, which the country is waiting for leadership and action on.” He has called for a complete ban on assault rifles.

Society
O’Rourke voted against the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017, which made a permanent prohibition on the use of federal funds for abortions and made reforms to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to prohibit qualified health plans from including coverage for abortions.

He has a lifetime score of 100 percent from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and a rating of 100 percent from NARAL Pro-Choice America. O’Rourke told the Dallas Voice that he called marriage equality a core civil rights issue during his House primary campaign.

While on the El Paso City Council, O’Rourke led a successful fight to overturn the domestic partnership ban. He was a co-sponsor of the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2013 (H.R. 3135). On healthcare, O’Rourke supports single-payer legislation and universal health coverage but disagreed with House and Senate proposals.

The House bill, John Conyers’ Medicare For All bill (HR 676), would require that providers be public institutions or nonprofits, but O’Rourke wants to include all providers as Medicare does. The Senate bill, supported by Sen. Bernie Sanders, would have no copays, and no premiums for low-income families, but O’Rourke wants everyone to pay into some extent.

He supports the stabilization of the insurance markets to improve the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He also supports the expansion of Medicaid and is a co-sponsor of the Medicare-X Choice Act of 2017. O’Rourke has spoken out against racial inequality.

He supports the football players who have taken part in the “Take a knee” protests. Speaking in a video that went viral, O’Rourke said he believes there is “nothing more American than to peacefully stand up, or take a knee, for your rights, anytime, anywhere or any place.”

He has also lamented the fact that despite being arrested twice in his youth, he was able to take advantage of a second chance, chances that are often “denied to too many of our fellow Texans, particularly those who don’t look like me or have access to the same opportunities that I did.”

In September 2018, Cruz posted to Twitter a video of O’Rourke in a Dallas church, largely attended by African-Americans, speaking out against the killing of Botham Shem Jean, an unarmed black man in his own home, by an off-duty police officer.

In the video, the crowd gave the speech a standing ovation, and the video served to bolster O’Rourke’s standing nationally, going viral and receiving wide praise. Political analysts wondered if Cruz’s choice to post the video was a tactical error or a dog whistle to racist members of his base.

Veterans
O’Rourke has held monthly veterans town hall meetings since he was elected in 2013. After hearing about long wait times, especially regarding mental health, he carried out his own local survey of veterans, which showed wait times far exceeding what the VA was reporting. To try to better meet veteran’s needs, O’Rourke and others worked to establish a new program at the El Paso VA designed to care for military-related health issues within the hospital while using community clinics or medical facilities in the area for more standard medical needs.

O’Rourke co-sponsored the bipartisan bill H.R. 1604, the Veterans’ Mental Health Care Access Act, with Republican Congressmen Tom MacArthur, which expanded options for veterans seeking mental health care to non-VA facilities. O’Rourke serves on both the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and the House Armed Services Committee, which oversees military installations such as Fort Bliss, headquartered in El Paso.

In September 2016, three bills that were attached as amendments to H.R. 5620 (or the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016) were approved unanimously with bipartisan support in the House. The first, the Vet Connect Act of 2016 (H.R. 5162), would allow a veteran’s entire medical record to be shared with a community provider, without explicit written consent, with a pilot of the program then being tried in El Paso.

The Ask Veterans Act (H.R. 1319) would have a non-government contractor conduct an annual survey on behalf of the secretary of Veterans Affairs in order to determine veterans’ experiences with hospital care and medical services at VA facilities, the results of which would be publicly accessible.

O’Rourke developed this idea from feedback from veterans at town hall meetings. The Get Vets a Doc Now Act (H.R. 5501) would allow the VA to provide conditional job offers to resident doctors two years before the completion of their programs, in an effort to recruit doctors to fill the shortage of 43,000 clinicians.

Beto O Rourke Education

Beto began his education at Escuela Montessori Del Valle preschool and continued to Rivera Elementary School and Mesita Elementary School. In 1988, after two years at El Paso High School, he enrolled in Woodberry Forest School, an all-male boarding school in Madison County, Virginia.

Between graduating from high school and starting college in 1991, he was a summer congressional intern in the Capitol Hill office of U.S. Congressman Ron Coleman. O’Rourke attended Columbia University where in his junior year he co-captained Columbia’s heavyweight rowing crew.

He graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. He is fluent in Spanish. On May 19, 1995, O’Rourke and his friends snuck under the fence at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) physical plant and were arrested by the UTEP police for burglary.

He stayed in jail overnight and posted bail the following day. He was initially charged with burglary, but UTEP decided not to press charges and prosecutors dropped the charges against O’Rourke and his friends in February 1996.

Beto O Rourke Fundraising

Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) brought in more than $38 million from July through September, setting a new record for the largest-ever fundraising.

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Beto O Rourke Results

Candidate

Party

Votes

Pct.

Ted Cruz*

Republican

4,260,553

50.9%

Beto O’Rourke

Democrat

4,045,632

48.3

Neal Dikeman

Libertarian

65,470

0.8

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In an essay he wrote for Houston Chronicle he repeated a common refrain of his campaign, that “Harris County Jail is the largest provider of mental health services in our state,” and quoted the statistic that “the jail has more people receiving psychiatric treatment every day than the nine state mental hospitals in Texas combined.”

He proposed that politicians work to eliminate private, for-profit prisons, end the “war on drugs,” stop using mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent drug offenses, end cash bail that disproportionately affects those unable to pay bail with longer jail sentences and provide reentry programs to reduce recidivism for non-violent criminals.

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He is the son of Melissa O’Rourke, his mother and Pat O’Rourke, his father.

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Donald Trump vs. Beto O’Rourke on immigration messaging

President Donald Trump and former congressman Beto O’Rourke described the impact of immigrants and border walls in such starkly different terms that it sounded as if they were on different worlds. Yet they were rallying their supporters less than a mile away from each other.

From El Paso, Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump spoke about the perils and pitfalls of immigration. Separately, O’Rourke, who used to represent El Paso as a Democrat in Congress, offered a more positive outlook. Since losing a 2018 bid for the U.S. Senate, O’Rourke has been seen as a potential Trump challenger in the 2020 presidential election.

At their Feb. 11 rallies, Trump and O’Rourke at times seemed to be talking both at and past each other. Some points overlapped, but their conclusions diverged. Here’s a rundown of what they said, in context.

Border wall impact in El Paso
Trump: “Thanks to a powerful border wall in El Paso, Texas, it’s one of America’s safest cities now.”

O’Rourke: El Paso is “one of the safest cities in the United States of America. Safe not because of walls, but in spite of walls.”

Trump’s story of El Paso — once dangerous but now safe because of a border barrier — has been fact-checked and found to be inaccurate. Trump at his rally dismissed the debunking of his claim. The facts: Data collected by the FBI shows that El Paso’s violent crime rate over a nearly three-decade period was lower than the average for similarly-sized cities. In the immediate years before and after fencing was completed at the border, the violent crime rate went up, not down as Trump claimed. Experts also say a change in crime rate can’t be attributed to one factor without a study controlling for other variables.

O’Rourke has relied on the statistics compiled by the FBI to claim that El Paso is one of the safest cities in Texas and the nation. But the FBI cautions against using the crime data to compare safety across cities.

Border wall impact on human and drug trafficking
Trump: “Sex traffickers — these are the worst human beings on Earth — exploit our porous border to sell young girls and women into modern-day slavery. … And by the way, do you think they come in through the ports of entry? I listened to the Democrats. Let me be nice, just say the Democrats. I won’t be specific. And they say: oh, everything comes through the port. They don’t do that. They drive out where there’s no barrier no wall, they make a left. Congratulations. You’re in the United States. That’s all. If you have three women tied up in the backseat of a car, you’re not going through, folks, a port of entry where they do look in the backseat at least, right? Drugs pouring through the border, kill tens of thousands of innocent Americans a year, including heroin, meth, cocaine, fentanyl, so many others. …

“We want to stop drugs, we want to stop traffickers, we want to stop criminals from coming in. Walls save lives, walls save tremendous numbers of lives.”

O’Rourke: “We know that walls do not save lives. Walls end lives. In the last 10 years, more than 4,000 children, women, and men have died to try to come to this country. …

“And to the legitimate concerns about security and safety, knowing full well that the vast majority of everyone and everything that ever comes to the United States crosses through one of our ports of entry. To end the scourge of illegal drug trafficking and the trafficking in human beings, let’s invest in the infrastructure, the technology, and the personnel at the ports of entry, to improve our quality of life and make this a safer country.”

We don’t know the source for Trump’s claim about the number of women trafficked between ports of entry. The White House did not provide information. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have data on human trafficking investigations initiated per fiscal year, but a spokeswoman told us the agency does not break down those statistics to specify how many involved trafficking between ports of entry.

Globally, nearly 80 percent of international human trafficking happens through official border points, according to data collected over the last decade by the International Organization for Migration, the UN Migration Agency. Women are more likely to be trafficked through an official border point than men, the International Organization for Migration says.

Human trafficking and human smuggling are different things. Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Smuggling involves moving a person across a country’s border with that person’s consent in violation of immigration laws, DHS said.

Most of the illicit drugs smuggled into the United States make it through ports of entry, concealed in passenger vehicles or blended with legitimate goods in tractor trailers. A border barrier has little impact on that movement.

O’Rourke said there have been more than 4,000 deaths in the last 10 years as people try to come into the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection data up to 2017 sums more than 4,000 deaths at the southwest border over the last decade. The CBP tally does not detail the causes of those deaths.

Impact of illegal immigration
Trump: “Illegal immigration hurts all Americans, including millions of legal immigrants, by driving down wages, draining public resources and claiming countless innocent lives.”

O’Rourke: Speaking about the Dreamers, young immigrants in the country illegally who came to the United States when they were children, “Let’s ensure that their genius remains here in the United States, making us a stronger, a safer, and a more successful country by their very presence.”

Immigration’s impact on wages is widely debated. Some studies have found minimal or no negative impact on wages due to the arrival of low-skilled immigrants. Immigrants in the country illegally are generally barred from federal benefits, but some states have expanded access to some programs. Researchers have also found that immigrants, regardless of legal status, are less prone to commit crimes compared with the native-born population.

PolitiFact Texas rated as Mostly True Julian Castro’s claim that immigrants in the country illegally protected from deportation by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals were nearly all employed, in school or serving in the military. Castro served as former president Barack Obama’s Housing and Urban Development secretary and has announced a 2020 presidential bid.

Level of illegal immigration
Trump: “The number of illegal immigrants crossing our borders is so large that we’ve nowhere to hold them.”

O’Rourke: “1.6 million apprehensions the first year of the George W. Bush administration. A little more than 300,000 apprehensions last year.”

The total number of immigrants apprehended every fiscal year Trump has been in office is significantly lower than the amount apprehended annually during George W. Bush’s presidency.

There were nearly 400,000 apprehensions in the fiscal year 2018, not just “a little more than 300,000” as O’Rourke claimed.

Border Patrol recorded more than 1.6 million apprehensions in the fiscal year 2000, but Bush was sworn in until January 2001. In the fiscal year 2001, there were more than 1.2 million apprehensions at the southwest border (that year included a few months of Bill Clinton’s presidency). In 2002, Border Patrol agents made about 930,000 apprehensions at the southwest border.

Due to lack of detention space and policies on children and family detention, past administrations, including Trump’s, have released immigrants from federal custody, expecting them to come back to immigration court to resolve their cases.

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Beto O’Rourke: ‘I’d take the wall down’

Beto O’Rourke said he would remove the existing fences and barriers that separate El Paso, Texas, from Mexico, if he could.

O’Rourke, a Democratic former congressman who ran a high-profile senate campaign against Ted Cruz in 2018, made the statement in a Thursday interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. He was answering a question asked on Twitter by Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, “If you could snap your fingers and make El Paso’s border wall disappear, would you?”

“Yes, absolutely. I’d take the wall down,” O’Rourke said.

President Donald Trump held a rally Monday night in El Paso to drum up support for a border wall, citing the city’s bollard fence as proof that “walls work,” CNN reported. In his tweet, Crenshaw also said border fences have caused illegal crossings to drop. But O’Rourke, who held a rally Monday to counter Trump’s, disagrees that barriers on the border have helped 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 said. “What that has done is not in any demonstrable way made us safer.”

“We do this, whether it is the war on terror, the war on drugs — we project our fears and anxieties to places like El Paso, to the U.S.-Mexico border, and punish the people who live here. There’s no reason to do that. But it is the fear and the anxiety that is stoked by people who should, and frankly do, know better that results in these policies,” he said.

He said that the fencing has instead forced migrants to the most inhospitable areas of the southern border, “ensuring their suffering and death.”

O’Rourke criticized Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency in order to fund his border wall.

“It’s hard to make a rational case for an emergency declaration or troops on the border or any amount of additional border walls or border fencing or steel slats,” O’Rourke said.

Congress passed a government spending deal Thursday to avoid a government shutdown. The deal would provide further funding for border security but not for Trump’s wall. Trump said Thursday he’d sign the spending measure, but would also declare a national emergency “to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.”

O’Rourke has said he will decide this month whether he will run for president in 2020.

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Beto earned public endorsement as he was more popular than Ted Cruz, back in 2018.

Beto O Rourke College

BEto started his education at Escuela Montessori Del Valle pre-school. He later joined Rivera Elementary School and finally Messita Elementary School for his pre-school. After two years of studies at El Paso High School, in 1988, he enrolled in Madison County, Virginia. O’Rourke was a summer congressional intern in the Capitol Hill Office of U.S. Congressman Ron Coleman.

This was between his graduating period from high school and starting college in 1991. He attended Columbia University where in his junior year he co-captained Columbia’s heavyweight rowing crew. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. Beto fluently speaks Spanish.

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O’Rourke was narrowly defeated by the Republican incumbent, Ted Cruz. Beto was the sitting senator nominee for the Democrats.

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  1. We can either be governed by fear – fear of immigrants, fear of Muslims, call the press the enemy of the people, tear kids away from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border – or we can be governed by our ambitions and our aspirations and our desire to make the most out of all of us. And that’s America at its best. Beto O’Rourke
  2. We will be judged. There will be an accounting; there will be a reckoning sooner or later. It will either come from ourselves and our own conscience, or it will come from our kids when they ask that inconvenient question: ‘What were you doing when they turned those kids back from the border?’ Beto O’Rourke
  3. I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up or take a knee for your rights – anytime, anywhere, anyplace. Beto O’Rourke
  4. The border is safe; it’s secure. El Paso is the safest city in America. Let’s own that. Let’s be proud of that. And then, I think, good policy can follow from that, better outcomes included.
  5. We are not fearful, small people. We are confident and strong, and we understand that much of our strength comes from the fact that we are a people of the planet. Beto O’Rourke
  6. That’s the primary mission of ours: to protect the border, enhance the border, and capitalize on what the border has to offer. It’s the source of jobs, source of positive immigration stories. Beto O’Rourke

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Trump and Beto O’Rourke speak at dueling rallies in Texas

President Donald Trump seized the chance to make the case for the construction of a border wall during a rally in El Paso that addressed topics far beyond immigration.

A big US flag along with three “finish the wall” banners lined the El Paso County Coliseum, making it clear immigration and border security were at the center of Trump’s speech. Mere days before another government shutdown deadline, the president sought to convince his supporters that he was planning to fulfill one of his signature campaign promises.

But saving the immigration portion of his rally for last, Trump resorted to themes familiar to many of his rallies, including North Korea, the Democrats, and the Mueller investigation.

Trump touted his foreign policy strategy in Asia, confirming he plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, at the end of the month.

He made time to mock counter-demonstrators who had gathered at a nearby counter-protest led by former congressman and potential presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. Trump derided the crowd size at the event, even though both men drew thousands.

According to local journalist Bob Moore, local officials estimated the attendance at Trump’s rally at close to 7,000 with another 6,000 watching on screens outside the venue. Approximately 7,000 people attended counter protests.

Trump also railed against the New Green Deal, the plan recently introduced Democrats in the House of Representatives to tackle climate change. And he continued to call the investigation by special counsel Robert Muller into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign a witch hunt.

On immigration, Trump once again promised to build a border wall between Mexico and the United States. “Walls work,” the president said. “Walls save lives.”

Trump again claimed the border fence built in El Paso in 2008 was an important factor in reducing crime in the area. FBI crime statistics show otherwise. El Paso hit a record low in crime level in 2006, two years before the construction of the fence that separates it from Ciudad Juárez.

The president’s inaccurate statements didn’t stop there. Trump told the rally attendees that construction of the wall had begun in the border in the city of El Paso as of Monday morning, which is not true. Last fall construction began at the neighborhood of Chihuahuita in downtown El Paso but the project will only replace the old fence with a new taller fence.

Yet “the wall is being built and at a very fast pace,” Trump claimed.

Trump’s rally began moments after negotiators on Capitol Hill announced that lawmakers had reached an agreement in principle to fund the government ahead of a midnight Friday deadline to avoid another shutdown.

Republicans tentatively agreed to far less money for Trump’s border wall than the White House’s $5.7bn wish list, settling for a figure of nearly $1.4bn, according to congressional aides. The funding measure is through the fiscal year, which ends 30 September.

Three people familiar with Congress’s tentative border security deal told the Associated Press the accord would provide $1.375 billion to build 55 miles (90 kilometers) of new border barriers — well below the $5.7 billion that Trump demanded to build over 200 miles (320 kilometers) of the wall along the Mexican boundary. The money will be for vertical steel slats called bollards, not a solid wall.

At the rally, Trump appeared oblivious to the deal, saying he had been informed by aides that negotiators had made some progress but that he had declined to be fully briefed because he wanted to go on stage.

“We’re going to build the wall anyways,” he said.

Trump supporters had lined up hours before the rally in hopes of hearing what the president had to say on immigration and the negotiations on the government shutdown.

“I’m hoping he gives a bit more details of what his plans are on immigration, whether it’s the wall or better and stronger immigration laws,” said Cody Perkins a local supporter of the president.

‘Safe not because of walls but in spite of walls’
At O’Rourke’s rally nearby, dozens of local civic, human rights and Hispanic groups in his home town attended a protest rally attended by thousands on a baseball field within shouting distance from the arena where Trump spoke.

“With the eyes of the country upon us, all of us together are going to make our stand here in one of the safest cities in America,” O’Rourke said. “Safe not because of walls but in spite of walls.”

Flanking the president on Monday were both Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, Texas Governor Greg Abbot, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Texas attorney general, Ken Paxton. Cornyn, Cruz, and Donald Trump Jr spoke to the crowd before the president’s speech.

Cornyn praised Trump for nominating a record number of conservative judges to the federal bench and applauded the nomination and confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the supreme court.

He also expressed support for Trump’s immigration plans, criticizing both Democrats and the media. “We can have both a secure border and a strong economy,” Cornyn said.

Adopted from: www.theguardian.com

Beto O’Rourke: ‘I’d take the wall down’

Beto O’Rourke said he would remove the existing fences and barriers that separate El Paso, Texas, from Mexico, if he could.

O’Rourke, a Democratic former congressman who ran a high-profile senate campaign against Ted Cruz in 2018, made the statement in a Thursday interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. He was answering a question asked on Twitter by Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, “If you could snap your fingers and make El Paso’s border wall disappear, would you?”

“Yes, absolutely. I’d take the wall down,” O’Rourke said.

President Donald Trump held a rally Monday night in El Paso to drum up support for a border wall, citing the city’s bollard fence as proof that “walls work,” CNN reported. In his tweet, Crenshaw also said border fences have caused illegal crossings to drop. But O’Rourke, who held a rally Monday to counter Trump’s, disagrees that barriers on the border have helped 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 said. “What that has done is not in any demonstrable way made us safer.”

“We do this, whether it is the war on terror, the war on drugs — we project our fears and anxieties to places like El Paso, to the U.S.-Mexico border, and punish the people who live here. There’s no reason to do that. But it is the fear and the anxiety that is stoked by people who should, and frankly do, know better that results in these policies,” he said.

He said that the fencing has instead forced migrants to the most inhospitable areas of the southern border, “ensuring their suffering and death.”

O’Rourke criticized Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency in order to fund his border wall.

“It’s hard to make a rational case for an emergency declaration or troops on the border or any amount of additional border walls or border fencing or steel slats,” O’Rourke said.

Congress passed a government spending deal Thursday to avoid a government shutdown. The deal would provide further funding for border security but not for Trump’s wall. Trump said Thursday he’d sign the spending measure, but would also declare a national emergency “to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.”

O’Rourke has said he will decide this month whether he will run for president in 2020.

Adopted from: www.ajc.com

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