Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke doubled-down on his party’s insistence there’s no national security crisis taking place along the US-Mexico border; saying the region is “as safe as ever” and the President’s wall will bring “death and suffering.”
“By any measure, the border is as safe as it has ever been, and the president, using fear and anecdote to try to instill an anxiety and paranoia to build the political will to construct this wall that would cost $30 billion and take private property and cause death and suffering as more asylum seekers are pushed to evermore hostile stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border – that was what we heard from the Oval Office and we need to meet that fear with the truth,” O’Rourke said.
A shot of the U.S.-Mexico border pic.twitter.com/R35klcZ0Ov
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) January 9, 2019
O’Rourke’s comments came hours after President Trump addressed the nation; outlining his plans to beef-up border security after more than 60,000 migrants have been detained by federal authorities over the previous three months.