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“Beto” Says El Paso Is Safe Because of Immigrants and Asylum Seekers

Beto O'Rourke speechFormer U.S. Representative Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (D-Texas), who announced his run for the White House on March 13, addressed a gathering of 1,000 to 2,000 people in the border city of El Paso on March 30.

O’Rourke delivered pro-immigration statements that obviously were aimed at countering one of President Trump’s signature stances — securing the southern border to stop the flood of illegal border crossings into our country.

Trump has addressed the problem of illegal immigrants bringing crime to the United States, stating when he announced his presidential candidacy, “The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.”

During his March 30 speech, O’Rourke touted what he claimed was a positive connection between immigration and El Paso’s crime rate, asserting, “We are safe, not despite the fact that we are a city of immigrants and asylum seekers. We are safe because we are a city of immigrants and asylum seekers.”

In January, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton provided the president with another explanation for the diminished crime rate in El Paso — the border fence.

“El Paso used to have one of the highest crime rates in America,” Paxton said. “After that fence went up and separated Juarez, which still has an extremely high crime rate, the crime rates in El Paso now are some of the lowest in the country. So we know it works.”

Last year, the Crime Prevention Research Center released fresh data on crime rates among illegal aliens in another Southwest border state, Arizona. A summary of the study on the organization’s website noted:

Undocumented immigrants are at least 142% more likely to be convicted of a crime than other Arizonans. They also tend to commit more serious crimes and serve 10.5% longer sentences, more likely to be classified as dangerous, and 45% more likely to be gang members than U.S. citizens….

If undocumented immigrants committed crime nationally as they do in Arizona, in 2016 they would have been responsible for over 1,000 more murders, 5,200 rapes, 8,900 robberies, 25,300 aggravated assaults, and 26,900 burglaries.

Joining O’Rourke during his rally was Representative Veronica Escobar (D-Texas), who replaced him in the House. Escobar welcomed those present to the “beautiful, magical, safe and secure U.S.-Mexico border,” adding, “When the border sends America her people, we are sending them our best in Beto O’Rourke.”

Escobar called El Paso “the capital of the border; the new Ellis Island,” ignoring the fact that the millions of immigrants who entered through Ellis Island did so legally.

During his talk, O’Rourke employed a type of “class warfare” theme that has long been typical of socialists and progressives.

“For too long in this country, the powerful have maintained their privilege at the expense of the powerless. They have used fear and division in the same way that our current president uses fear and division — based on the differences between us of race, of ethnicity,” O’Rourke said, without mentioning Trump by name.

Reprinted with permission from - The New American - by Warren Mass

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Dolie Bond

Oh boy!! Mr. Beto, are you going to let all these people coming here illegally stay with you in your home? The thousands of them coming here? Will you feed them, find them jobs, teach them English? What in the world is going on with stupid people like you Beto? Flailing your arms around like you might take off: I wish you would get some common sense and open your eyes to the real world. El Paso is not Ellis Island, if they want to come here do it LEGALLY!!! Certain drugs are illegal; so are the thousands coming to our United States by just crossing the border without doing it the LEGAL way. What a nut case you are mr. beto.

Ed Shick

I will go with Donald Trump ! He is all American and even donates his salary to our parks system ! What he promised he is doing in spite of the Socialist party

Michael Javick

Another whacko nut job—GO marry bug eye Occasional Cortex—YOU ARE A GOOD PAIR–UGH

Raymond Hudson

Francis O’Rourke is the worst kind of Liar and Deceiver! He failed to use one shred of truth in his speech and even attempts to come across as man of color by using a nickname. Trust him not, he will not be with you when things go wrong!! He will also disarm you to ensure his ability to control! Shame on you O’Rourke!

Paul W

Even obama’s former secretary of homeland security, Jeh Johnson, said that there is a crisis at the border. O’Rourke is a moron that eats dirt for regenerative heeling. His animated arm flailing and general goofiness lead me to believe that there is something wrong with him. There has been speculation as to why, but I’m not going there…yet. He’s erratic at best. I’m not sure if he’s so delusional that he believes what he’s saying, or just strategizing to make inroads with the low-info voters. His background is shady, like the rest of the “D” presidential hopefuls. Sadly, this clown seems to connect with the indoctrinated Millennials and Gen Xers.

Eddie

What if we construct a giant beautiful piece of art along the US-Mexican border….shaped like a wall?

Stephen Russell

Hiding away from the real problem like Dems always DO, Hide from issues & pretend to care

Bill TX3

Snakes hiss and spew venom. We know democratic socialist by their hiss.

Frank S.

What more can you say? Yet another example of the progressive (regressive) left’s twisted logic and lack of critical thought. Just remember, in almost every case their are two reasons people do or say anything…the GOOD reason and the REAL reason. I wonder what Robert Francis’ REAL reason is?

Kim

Just look at the mug shots of those MS13 gang members. A bunch of them were detained recently in Charlotte, NC. Who would be glad to call them “neighbor”? If Beto would, then there’s something wrong with him. People like Beto can’t see the forest for the trees. They can’t see the obvious connection between border safety and the means (the wall) that procured it. (Actually, they CAN see it, but it doesn’t fit their ideology, so they claim it doesn’t exist.)

Carl

Another idiot! Just pandering to future democratic voters. Problem is he pulled a lot of votes during senate run a now he and others think Texas will turn and vote for their ilk.
Hope not..

King

These clowns will say anything to achieve their diluted objectives. What JERK.

Irv C

It is Mind boggling how anyone can conceive of or believe this Socialist/ Communist crap.

Joan

Where do the Dems find these nut jobs like Beto, Cortez and others. Unfortunately they get elected by the people that buy into
their unrealistic nonsense and lies. They don’t even get their facts straight. it is time the American people woke up and realized what
is going on in our Country with the lies we are being told and the scare tactics they are trying to shove down our throats and into our ears.

Big Al

The odds are in the favor of O’Rourke when he chooses to address the rate of crime as a result of massive border invasion but will not pass the test of time.

Silas Longshot

Beatoff O’Rourke is beyond any doubt the worst con-man running on the extreme left ‘democrat’ ticket. But he is consistent with the democrat technique of ‘opposites’, meaning that whatever he (or 99% of any other democrat politicians) says, just ‘flip it’ as a concept or statement. If he says the above about illegals making the city safe, for sure it’s just the opposite as the crime stats prove. And as with all democrats, he’s deliberately blurring the line between ILLEGAL and LEGAL immigrants, as if they are the same status as far as the law is concerned.

HAL HOFFMAN

Another “ASS” in the Party of “ASSES!”

Walter Rose

Beto schmeto. This guy is a nothing sandwich. We hope the Dems keep diluting their chances for a 2020 win with these truly unqualified…

Darrel

I think that brainless jerks like Beto O’Dork should consider if the illegal immigrants were coming from Canada. Let’s say that the white population up there found it too cold and miserable and very little work to be found. What would Mr. O’Dork’s response be to that? (by the way, O’Dork is a Mark Levin name for him if you did not know).

Ralph Bretz

Veto beto!!