Beto slams Trump’s border wall in competing El Paso rally

Beto O’Rourke blasted President Trump’s fight for a border wall and touted the safety of his hometown of El Paso at a rally there Monday — less than half a mile from where the commander-in-chief was speaking at his own gathering.

“All of us together are going to make our stand here, in one of the safest cities in the United States of America,” the former Texas congressman told the crowd of supporters at the Chalio Acosta Sports Center.

“Safe not because of walls — but in spite of walls. We are making a stand for the truth against lies, hate and ignorance.”

In his State of the Union address last week, Trump claimed the border fence between Mexico and El Paso reduced the Rio Grande-adjacent city’s crime rate.

But O’Rourke argued that El Paso was “one of the safest cities in America for 20 years” and was a “a little less safe” after the fence was built in 2008.

“Walls do not save lives, walls end lives,” the Democrat said, mentioning the dangers that asylum seekers face if they are rejected by the US.

“Let’s show the country there is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to the US-Mexico border,” he said.

O’Rourke, who lost a bid for Senate against incumbent Ted Cruz in 2018, called for Dreamers to be granted citizenship and for their parents to be put on a path toward citizenship.

He is considering a 2020 presidential run.

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