Former Democratic Lawmaker and current presidential candidate Beto O’ROurke made a visit to a migrant children detention facility in Homestead, Fla., on Thursday where he took the chance to call out Donald Trump for detaining children in such unlivable facilities.
“This is what happens when you call Mexican immigrants racists and criminals. This is what happens when you call asylum seekers animals and an infestation,” O’Rourke told activists and reporters. “It is only when the president has given permission do you see kids put in cages or detained in tent cities like this one.”
He added: “All of us need to stand up and reclaim this country and what we mean to ourselves, to the rest of the world and to these kids. Donald Trump has done this, but it is up to us to change who is in the White House going forward.”
“It’s up to us right now to apply the pressure to form the political will to see if we can get them to change these practices — even when he’s in the White House,” O’Rourke said Thursday. “We’re counting on one another right now.”
Take a look at O’Rourke’s statements in the video clips below:
— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) June 27, 2019