When poet Robert Frost wrote more than a century ago “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” little did he expect that he was writing a chapter in the biography of yet-to-be-born Texan Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke. The former congressman on Tuesday told a small gathering of supporters in El Paso, “We know that walls do not save lives. Walls end lives,” explaining:
In the last ten years, more than 4,000 children, women and men have died trying to come to this country, to work jobs that no one will take, to be with a family member, to flee horrific brutality and violence and death in their home countries.
And as we build these walls — 600 miles of the 2,000-mile border walled up and counting — we push them to ever more treacherous and remote stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border, thereby ensuring greater suffering and death.
We stand for America, and we stand against walls!
Putting aside the worn and fatuous Democratic argument that illegal aliens are indispensable because they do jobs that Americans won’t (there should be no job that anyone on the government dole refuses to do), O’Rourke was unwittingly making the president’s point that walls help keep out those who would violate our sovereign borders.
On Wednesday he took his crusade against new border fencing a step further. He was asked by a reporter with MSNBC whether if given the opportunity he would tear down the existing wall separating his hometown of El Paso from the Mexican city of Juarez. O’Rourke’s unhesitating answer, which you can watch in the video that follows, is “Yes. Absolutely. I’d take the wall down.”
Beto O'Rourke when asked, since Rep. @DanCrenshawTX asked on Twitter, if he would tear down the walls that are already in place: Yes and I think a referendum to do so would pass. pic.twitter.com/ENZuYvdqEa
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) February 15, 2019
And there you have it: the first Democratic presidential hopeful whose concern for the well-being of illegal border crossers so outweighs his concern for the security of his fellow Americans that he’s willing to throw open the border.