O’Rourke Claims Illegal Immigrants Are Kept in ‘Modern-Day Bondage’ Because of Their Lack of Legal Status

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2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and former Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke (D-Texas) appeared to liken undocumented immigrants to slaves while speaking to a crowd in Las Vegas, Nevada, Saturday afternoon.

While giving remarks to the Service Employees International Union, O’Rourke —  a former Democratic representative from Texas and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination — suggested that the lives of illegal immigrants in the U.S. were akin to those of slaves, claiming that they are kept in “modern-day bondage.”

“[With] Immigration. Millions [are] living in the shadows, working some of the toughest jobs, lucky to make a minimum wage. Some not even making that. Kept in modern-day bondage, their immigration status used as leverage to keep them down from fully participating in this country’s success.”

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The former congressman — who failed to unseat Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the 2018 midterm cycle after outraising the senator by nearly double his amount — also reiterated his promise to grant a pathway to citizenship to the undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

O’Rourke’s claims were not the first time he’s used slavery as a comparison.

As IJR Red previously reported, while speaking at the We the People Membership Summit last month, the Democratic primary candidate took a sharp turn when he was endorsing the idea of abolishing the institution of the Electoral College by calling it “one of those bad compromises” that the Founding Fathers made and suggesting it was comparable to slavery.

“This is one of those bad compromises we made at day one in this country. There are many others that we can think of, and they are all connected, including the value of some people based on the color of their skin. There is a legacy and a series of consequences that have persisted and remain with us to this day.”

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The former Texas representative is currently running in a rather large primary against many big-name Democrats — and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — who are also vying for the right to take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

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