Beto O’Rourke Spent His Christmas Helping Those in Need at a Migrant Shelter

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While most of us were sitting down to eat a massive Christmas lunch, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) was spending the holiday at a migrant shelter in El Paso helping those in need.

O’Rourke, who has been teasing a 2020 presidential run, wrote that 200 people who were in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody were expected to be released on Christmas, with another 500 released on December 26. He posted a photo of himself at the back of a line of families.

He wrote later that “kids who arrived sick are getting medical care” and that the families were “able to have a Christmas meal together.”

The Texan was also at the shelter on Christmas Eve. In a video, he said that he was trying to get ICE to give “the community notice next time when they know there’s not going to be space in existing migrant shelters.” In a string of tweets, he encouraged those in Texas to help volunteer, donate, or drop off food.

In the clip, O’Rourke (who speaks fluent Spanish) was shown handing out food to those at the shelter.

ICE has been the subject of a lot of criticism lately after multiple children have died in its custody. O’Rourke praised a Washington Post reporter who has been covering those tragedies — the most recent death occurred in El Paso, O’Rourke’s hometown.

In a truly heartbreaking report, we learned that the 8-year-old boy died just minutes before midnight on Christmas Eve. A number of politicians have called for more information, especially after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen admitted before Congress that she doesn’t know how many people have died in her custody.

The immigration debate isn’t likely to cool off anytime soon, especially since the federal government is currently shut down after Democrats refused to pass a bill that allocated billions of dollars for President Donald Trump’s border wall.

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Rocky Drummond
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Beto wasn’t on my Christmas card list. He took the most oil donations in the House and was second overall after Ted Cruz. He changed his policy on health care during his campaign away from his original stance. He is part of the problem and won’t solve our problems.

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