Failed Texas senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke bizarrely argued on Friday that people have died because of the border wall.
While speaking at a town hall in El Paso, Texas, O’Rourke blamed the border wall and other barriers for a recent uptick in migrants dying.
“The number of people dying at the U.S.-Mexico border in some years has grown,” O’Rourke said.
“In some years has grown because it’s connected to that wall that we have already built that pushes people who are at their most desperate and vulnerable to ever-more inhospitable stretches of the Chihuahua Desert,” he added.
Border Patrol reported 329 migrant deaths in 2016. In 2017, 294 deaths. Seven were children. The solution is not more walls. It's not more partisanship and rhetoric. It's making sure our laws match our values as a nation of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers the world over. pic.twitter.com/tFHy9AvCZb
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) December 14, 2018
The Texas progressive went on to tell the audience that migrants attempting to illegally cross the border increased roughly 40 percent between 1998 and 2010 after part of the wall was constructed in El Paso.
“The wall in this area was built in 2006, 2007, and 2008. So even though total crossing attempts had decreased, the number of deaths went up,” he said.
O’Rourke was arguing that a vast majority of the migrants likely died because those chose to take dangerous routes to illegally enter the country.
Inanimate objects — such as a wall, barrier, or fence — isn’t responsible for killing someone.
He was wrongly asserting that the wall and barriers are at fault because migrants are forced to seek more dangerous routes to illegally enter the country.
O’Rourke has made a slew of other controversial remarks this year since becoming a well-known name in politics.
In October, he smeared law enforcement officials and said police are “the new Jim Crow.”
O’Rourke appeared to imply that police target African-Americans and then compared officers to those who implemented racist Jim Crow laws of the post-Civil War South.
“Talking about criminal justice reform, let’s talk about where this problem started. When contractors needed labor, they would talk to local law enforcement who would arrest African-Americans for idling, for petty crimes, frivolous offenses,” O’Rourke said.
“And when they look at the remains in that graveyard, they see evidence of muscles literally torn from the bone, people being worked to death in these convict chain gangs, people who became convicts solely by dint of the color of their skin, in a system that was radically unjust, following what we thought was the end of that injustice at the end of the Civil War,” he added.
O’Rourke also previously made it clear that he supports bans on assault rifles, opening up immigration and reversing President Donald Trump’s tax cuts that were passed last December.
And now he claims migrants have died because of the border wall.