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Rep. O'Rourke: Hard to Tell What to Believe About Trump's Wall Demands

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By    |   Thursday, 11 January 2018 08:51 AM

President Donald Trump is saying that he won't sign a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program without funding for a wall at the Mexican border, but Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke complained Thursday that it's hard to tell just what Trump's wall would include.

"I don't know what to believe, because there have been so many different stories from this president about what he means, the Democratic lawmaker, who has mounted a campaign to replace Sen. Ted Cruz, told CNN's "New Day" program. 

"As a resident of El Paso, we do not need a wall."

"A wall could stretch from Brownsville [Texas] to San Diego," said O'Rourke. "Thirty feet tall; pure concrete, at a cost of $25 billion to $30 billion."

In El Paso, FBI crime statistics show the city to be the second or third safest city in the United States for 20 years in a row, he continued.

"We absolutely don't need a wall," said O'Rourke. "We have record low levels of northbound apprehensions. Last year was one of the lowest on record. More Mexican nationals are flowing south than coming north. We have less than zero migration from that country."

The lawmaker said that many of those coming across the border are not Mexicans, but instead are fleeing "brutal, violent countries" such as El Salvador or Guatemala and asking for refuge.

"We are spending $20 billion on border security right now," said O'Rourke. "Instead, we need to focus on the business before us, including ensuring that 800,000 dreamers are able to stay and flourish in this country. "

He also denied Trump's contention that a wall will keep illegal drugs, such as fentanyl, out of the country.

"I'll tell you just from my perspective of living and representing the border, raising my kids there and having grown up and worked with Border Patrol agents there, the wall is not the answer," he said.

"Most of what flows into this country comes from ports of entry. El Paso, $90 billion of trade that flows through 32 million lawful legal crossings. If we want to secure the country, let's staff the ports of entry with officers and keep us more secure."

O'Roarke said that as the father of three children, "nobody has a greater interest than the security is of the border than I do . . . we want to be as safe as possible. It is one of the safest cities."

He noted he's working on a bipartisan bill with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on securing the nation's ports of entry, where "you have the greatest proportion of trade, both illicit and licit, coming through. If you want to make us safer, invest there. That's a compromise I'm willing to make."

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