A few days after declaring that it would support the elimination of US-Mexican border barriers, former US representative Beto O. Rourke issued a 10-point plan that states that the US-Mexico border fence is being eroded. Strict enforcement of border control encourages illegal immigration and calls for giving millions of undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.
This is the latest signal that O'Rourke, who said he plans to run for president in 2020, would likely make the anti-Trump immigration platform a central theme of his campaign.
O 'Rourke, who has served three terms in the House of Commons and sat unsuccessfully in the US Senate, said in his plan, according to the Houston Chronicle: "We have made it more difficult for people to move to the United States, but less Once there, they would try to return to their country of origin. Fearing an increasingly militarized border, circular patterns of migration have become linear. "
O'Rourke wants to give legal status to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors and to their parents.
The plan calls out "millions of others from the shadows and on the path of citizenship by ensuring that they register with the government to obtain the status of work legally, pay taxes and contribute more to the success of our country. "
Several bipartisan congressional efforts to advance legislation aimed at helping undocumented immigrants brought here as minors have stagnated over the past decade. These immigrants, known as Dreamers, were able to mobilize more support from both political parties than other groups of foreigners. Supporters claimed that they lived here illegally without any fault on their part and because of a decision to which they had nothing to say.
Opponents argue that giving children of parents who have brought them here illegally or who have exceeded their visas is tantamount to rewarding those who have broken the law.
O'Rourke's immigration views have attracted attention in recent days.
TRUMP MOCKS O & # 39; ROURKE IN THE GREAT RALLY OF TEXAS
During an interview with MSNBC's animator, Chris Hayes, Mr. O. Rourke announced that he was cutting the wall between the United States and Mexico. Along the US-Mexico border, nearly 3,000 km long, there are about 700 km of fences.
O'Rourke, who was about to upset GOP Senator Ted Cruz in the Senate elections in Texas last November, argued that existing walls and fences along the border "have not shown us anything. increased security ".
A few days later, while President Donald Trump was holding a rally in El Paso, during which he chose to deliver a speech pleading for a reinforcement of border security, O & Rourke held a counter-meeting: " We know that there is no market where we can sacrifice some of our humanity to gain a little more security. We know that we deserve and will lose both if we do it. "
The Trump event, held at the Coliseum of El Paso County for its first "Make America Great Again Rally" of the year, has not identified the nearby dueling rally, in the city that lies along the US-Mexico border, but the president mentioned O. Rourke.
The "young man" with the "big name" "challenged us," said the president referring to O & # 39; Rourke.
"We have, say, 35,000 people tonight, and [O’Rourke] "There are 200 people, 300 people – not too well," Trump told the crowd – it was not clear how many people were at Trump and O & # Rourke.
Trump added, "In fact, what I would do is, I would say it could be the end of his presidential candidacy, but he's challenged it."
O'Rourke's attention to immigration in a possible presidential campaign will not fail to silence the volume of long-standing criticism of his story on the issue, which he considers ambiguous and ambiguous.
"There is still a lot of confusion about his position on this," political scientist Brandon Rottinghaus told the Houston Chronicle. "He was too ambiguous about what he would do, and his positions tend to be on many sides of the issue."
However, other Republicans acknowledge at least O'Rourke to be at least more honest about his immigration stance than other Democrats, the paper said.
"At least, Beto is honest about his policy of opening borders," tweeted US representative Dan Crenshaw, a Houston Republican. "Most Dems claim to support a secure border while undermining it at every turn."
The Associated Press has contributed to this story.