‘We have caused this suffering’: O’Rourke visits Mexico to meet with migrants denied US asylum

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On the heels of his first debate performance as a Democratic presidential contender, ex-U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke crossed the Rio Grande this weekend for his first campaign visit to Mexico.

The former Texas lawmaker, who challenged Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections, met with migrants in Ciudad Juarez who had been denied asylum in the U.S. Some of his visit was streamed live online and O’Rourke again demonstrated his conversational Spanish as he interviewed individuals temporarily staying in the Mexican city.

“We hope, by sharing these stories, that the conscience of our country is awoken right now,” he said.

O’Rourke blamed America — and the Trump administration in particular — for perpetrating the humanitarian crisis.

“We put them in this precarious position,” he said. “We have caused this suffering. We also have the opportunity to make this better and to make this right.”