Speaking during an interview in El Paso, Texas, an amazingly safe border town that is so thanks to the border fence put there years ago, Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke let the world know his position on border security and what he thinks of President Donald Trump’s signature issue.
O’Rourke made the comments on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” on Thursday while on the border.
“If you could, would you take the wall down now?” Hayes asked. “Knock it down?”
“Yes, absolutely,” O’Rourke answered. “I would take the wall down.”
Democrat Beto O'Rourke says he wants to knock down the existing border barriers on the southern border
MSNBC's Chris Hayes: "If you could, would you take the wall down now? Knock it down?"
O'Rourke: "Yes, absolutely. I would take the wall down." pic.twitter.com/0jYSc1kKh8
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 15, 2019
President Trump did warn We the People when he announced the emergency declaration signing that the work he is doing could be undone by a future administration. That would be an awful lot of money down the drain.
O’Rourke’s comments come after his rally on Monday night in El Paso where he claimed that walls kill people.
“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 the United States of America — safe not because of walls, but in spite of walls,” O’Rourke said. “We treat each other with dignity and respect. That is the way we make our community and our country safe.”
“Walls do not save lives,” O’Rourke added. “They end lives.”
Empirical evidence as provided by Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas belies that statement. He challenged O’Rourke to explain why the crime rate dropped in El Paso when the border fence went in.
.@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
The reality that walls work is not news. Even the mainstream media fake news will admit as much when pressed.
“Of course nothing is impenetrable or foolproof, but the fencing in Yuma, Arizona, is a great example of what works,” The Hill reported. “Since its construction in 2005, it has yielded better than a 90 percent drop in illegal traffic. Similar numbers have been registered at other physical barriers in San Diego, El Paso, Texas, and Tucson, Arizona, since their construction.”
That being the case, why do Democrats oppose border walls? Whose side are they on and exactly who are they representing if the evidence points to a safer America with them than without?