Former congressman Beto O’Rourke participated in a competing rally to President Donald Trump’s in El Paso, Texas, on Monday night to insist “walls end lives,” while current Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) called him out on the border debate.
As IJR Blue reported, O’Rourke — who could seek running for the Democrat Party in the 2020 presidential election — showed up at the “March for Truth: Stop the Wall, Stop the Lies” to “meet lies and hate with the truth and a vision for the future,” and stand against the president’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.
At the “March for Truth” rally held in his hometown, O’Rourke challenged President Trump saying, “walls do not save lives, walls end lives,” as IJR Red reported.
“Cities in the United States of America are safe, not because of walls, but in spite of walls,” he added.
Watch the video below:
“We know that walls do not save lives. Walls end lives." Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke countered President Trump's claims of a border wall benefiting the U.S. at a rally in El Paso, Texas pic.twitter.com/Gws3NBH7Zz
— TIME (@TIME) February 12, 2019
Shortly before O’Rourke’s attendance at Monday night’s anti-wall rally, Crenshaw challenged in return the former representative’s “story about the border.”
The Texas representative wrote on Twitter testing O’Rourke on border security: “If you could snap your fingers and make El Paso’s border wall disappear, would you?”
Crenshaw noted 124 miles of a physical barrier constructed from 2006 to 2008 in the El Paso area “shows that when the wall was built, illegal crossings dropped significantly.”
Check out the statistics below:
.@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
In a recent video released by Crenshaw, the Texas senator traveled to the southern border, Rio Grande Valley sector, where he interviewed border patrol officials and got a closer glimpse of life at the border.
Watch the video below:
While O’Rourke fought against the border wall on Monday night, President Trump attended his first 2020 campaign rally in El Paso, Texas, where he pushed for the construction of the wall while discussing the importance of strong border security.
“You know where it did make a big difference? Right here in El Paso. And I’ve been watching where they’re trying to say ‘Oh the wall didn’t make that much –’ Well, you take a look at what they did with their past crimes and how they made them from very serious to much lesser – you take a look at what the real system is.”
He said he had a choice between staying backstage to hear more about the deal or coming out to speak. “I chose you,” Trump told the crowd. He added, "So we probably have some good news, but who knows?"
— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) February 12, 2019
As the short-term funding bill’s deadline of Friday creeps closer, lawmakers are looking for a solution to avoid another shutdown.
A bipartisan group announced on Monday night they have come to an “agreement in principle” to prevent another shutdown, however, it would contain $1.375 billion, compared to President Trump’s proposed $5.7 billion, for barriers, as IJR News reported.