Beto O’Rourke Says ‘Trump Is Responsible’ For Death Of Two Foreigners Who Died Trying To Sneak Into U.S.
The story is terrible, tragic. A father and his two-year-old daughter from El Salvador drowned in the Rio Grande trying to illegally enter the United States.
The photo was even worse, showing Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, face down on the river bank, with his daughter Valeria’s arm wrapped around his neck, as if she had clung onto him as he tried to carry her through the water.
The scene is, sadly, all too common. Thousands of people from Central America have flooded to the U.S.-Mexico border, well aware of the fact that they have a good possibility of getting into America — especially as congressional Democrats refuse to address the crisis.
And, of course, the real blame belongs with Ramirez, who put his own life and that of his daughter in jeopardy in attempt to sneak into the U.S.
But Robert “Beto” O’Rourke says there’s only one person to blame: “Trump is responsible for these death.”
Trump is responsible for these deaths. https://t.co/UZirFjh3fm
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) June 26, 2019
On the eve of the first debates in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, O’Rourke sought to politicize the tragic deaths. And he continued: “As his administration refuses to follow our laws — preventing refugees from presenting themselves for asylum at our ports of entry — they cause families to cross between ports, ensuring greater suffering & death. At the expense of our humanity, not to the benefit of our safety.”
Yes, that’s right: Because President Trump has moved to stem the flow of foreigners claiming asylum in the U.S., he’s to blame — not the father.
To further capitalize on the tragedy, O’Rourke is set to travel to Homestead, Fla., on Thursday to meet with activists who are leading the opposition to the Child Migration Detention Center, a site where thousands of refugees are currently housed. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another 2020 hopeful, visited the center Wednesday morning, also cashing in on the politics.
“A government that can’t tell the difference between a threat posed by a terrorist, a criminal, and a little girl, is not a government that is keeping us safe,” Warren told a town hall meeting in Miami Tuesday night.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), also running for the nomination, blamed Trump, too.
“We should not look away,” Booker tweeted Tuesday night. “These are the consequences of Donald Trump’s inhumane and immoral immigration policy. This is being done in our name.”
We should not look away. These are the consequences of Donald Trump’s inhumane and immoral immigration policy. This is being done in our name. https://t.co/mZQnREOjV0
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 25, 2019
Booker also said that laws must change to accommodate foreigners sneaking into America.
“There’s nothing criminal about seeking a better life for your family. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again now—we have to do the right thing and decriminalize border crossing,” he wrote on Twitter.