After debate, O’Rourke scrambles to shore up immigration credentials
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After debate, O’Rourke scrambles to shore up immigration credentials

PATRICK SVITEK |
June 30, 2019

The Democratic presidential candidate, sharply challenged on his signature issue Wednesday night, spent the next few days working to show his bona fides.


After a debate in which he was sharply challenged on his signature issue — immigration — Beto O’Rourke sprang into action.

On Friday morning, the Democratic presidential candidate announced he would visit a controversial migrant detention center the next morning in Houston. On Friday afternoon, the former congressman announced he would travel to a U.S. Border Patrol facility Sunday morning — in Clint, near his El Paso hometown. And late Saturday night, he announced he was taking it a step farther — literally — with plans to cross the border into Ciudad Juárez.

The visits were of course not the first time O’Rourke has shown interest in the plight of migrants, particularly those in detention — he most notably helped lead the opposition a year ago to the now-closed Tornillo "tent city." But the timing was notable, representing an apparent effort to shore up his credentials on the issue following a Democratic debate dustup over it with fellow Texan Julián Castro.

“I’d tell him … no one’s worked harder to end the practice of family separation,” O’Rourke told CNN the morning after the debate, a statement he seemed determined to prove over the ensuing few days as he and Castro crisscrossed the state.

Credit by - The Texas tribune

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