Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) is the representative who ran for senate and raised the nation to a level of hope not seen since President Barack Obama burst onto the scene. The representative grew up near the Texas border, so he has an understanding and perspective that the Donald Trump administration will never grasp. Instead, Trump’s water carriers ordered border agents to tear gas babies and children. O’Rourke’s moving message speaks to “the right way.”
The representative, who is reminiscent of another candidate, Bobby Kennedy (D-MA), displayed a deep sense of empathy that Trump completely lacks. Lob tear gas a child, POTUS does not care. Fire tear gas at a mother and baby, the man currently sitting in the Oval Office does not care. Conversely, O’Rourke reached into the heart of the situation when he wrote in Medium:
‘It should tell us something about her home country that a mother is willing to travel 2,000 miles with her 4-month old son to come here. So far, in this administration, that response has included taking kids from their parents, locking them up in cages, and now tear gassing them at the border.’
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The representative, who came close to beating Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the recent midterm elections, wrote that immigrants seeking asylum “fear for their lives:”
‘People are leaving violent countries where they fear for their lives. Without money, they are subsisting on hope for their kids, for themselves, that they can get to safety. After being denied the ability to lawfully petition for asylum for the last 10 days, they are desperate. We choose how to respond to this challenge. Let’s do this the right way and follow our own laws.’
‘When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.’
POTUS has been dehumanizing people seeking asylum. That has always been the track dictators have taken to persecute groups of people.
O’Rourke said that migrants should have been able to petition for asylum at the various ports of entry along the U.S. border. At the same time, he said that the government must do its part by processing their claims in a timely fashion.
Thousands of people have been waiting in Tijuana, Mexico, which is on the border. Yet, the U.S. has been processing fewer than 100 claims per day. When some of them desperately tried to get across the border, the border patrol agents tear-gassed them, including small children and babies in their mothers’ arms.
If O’Rourke decides to run against Trump in 2020, he would pose a formidable foe. Yet, Trump is the man in office for the next two years. The 45th president tweeted:
‘Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!’
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