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Beto O'Rourke Calls for Border Walls to Be Torn Down - It Backfires Immediately

Beto's argument to tear down border barriers ends up supporting argument for walls

 on 16th February 2019 @ 12.00am
bet o rourke called for all border walls to be torn down but his argument actually supports walls © press
Bet O'Rourke called for all border walls to be torn down but his argument actually supports walls

Failed Texas senatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke made a call for all border barriers to be torn down but inadvertently ended up supporting President Donald Trump's argument to build a wall along the US Southern Border.

As President Trump made the historic call on Friday to declare a national emergency to build the wall, 2020 hopefuls used the opportunity to create counter-arguments.

Beto was no exception and on Thursday, as news of Trump's intentions began to surface, the Democratic Texan declared that he wants all existing border fences torn down, including outside his home town of El Paso.

While explaining why he's so adamantly opposed to the wall, however, the presidential hopeful ended up making several points that support the conservative case for building the wall.

beto inadvertently proved that border walls are effective using his own argument against them © press
Beto inadvertently proved that border walls are effective using his own argument against them

According to the Daily Wire, O'Rourke was asked by MSNBC's Chris Hayes, "If you could, would you take the wall down now? Knock it down?"

As Hayes made clear, the question was prompted by a post by Texas Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw directed at O'Rourke pointing out the effectiveness of border fences:

"[Beto O'Rourke] 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?" wrote Crenshaw, adding: "Because this DHS graph shows that when the wall was built, illegal crossings dropped significantly."

O 'Rourke happily took the bait, replying, "Yes, absolutely," in response to Hayes' question about taking the walls down.

Asked if he thinks a referendum to knock down the existing wall would pass in El Paso, O'Rourke said, "I do."

Beto then provided his rationale for dismantling all existing border walls: "Here's what we know: After the Secure Fence Act, we had built 600 miles of wall and fencing on a 2,000-mile border.

"What that has done is not in any demonstrable way made us safer.

"It's cost us tens of billions of dollars to build and to maintain."

If he had stopped there, he might've been okay; instead, he continued — and ended up accidentally making the case for those who argue that walls do in fact work: "And it has pushed migrants and asylum seekers and refugees to the most inhospitable, the most hostile stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border, ensuring their suffering and death."

republican dan crenshaw showed beto how effective border fences have been © press
Republican Dan Crenshaw showed Beto how effective border fences have been

In other words, the walls do deter illegal crossings where they are built. It's also worth noting that those "asylum seekers" O'Rourke references would be deliberately attempting to cross at illegal points instead of seeking out legal ports of entry where they would apply for asylum.

In other words, they are not would-be "asylum seekers" by definition: they are would-be illegal aliens.

Fox News' Brit Hume made this point in a post responding to the interview (h/t Twitchy):

"More than 4,000 human beings — little kids, women, and children — have died," O'Rourke continued.

"They're not in cages, they're not locked up, they're not separate — they're dead, over the last ten years, as we have walled off their opportunity to legally petition for asylum, to cross in urban centers, like El Paso — to be with family, to work jobs, to do what any human being should have a right to be able to do."

As The Daily Wire noted Thursday, the Republican National Committee has produced a website containing some facts about the crisis on the border that O'Rourke and his fellow Democrats are conveniently ignoring, including:

Fact #1: In four Customs and Border Protection sectors where physical barriers have been expanded — El Paso, Yuma, Tucson, and San Diego — illegal traffic has dropped by at least 90%.

Fact #2: In the fiscal year 2018, U.S. Border Patrol seized or helped seize 282,000 pounds of cocaine, 248,000 pounds of methamphetamine, 6,500 pounds of heroin, and 2,400 pounds of fentanyl.

Fact #3: In 2018, over 17,000 adults arrested at the border had prior criminal records. This included over 6,000 gang members, a major number of those members were from MS-13.

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