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Letter: Americans must call out O’Rourke, Gillibrand

Presidential aspirant Beto O’Rourke recently said on national television that he would take down the wall separating El Paso, Texas and the Mexican city of Ciudad-Juarez, Mexico. Our own Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand immediately jumped at this liberal nonsense train and said she “could support” the idea.

Recent statistics show that Juarez has a homicide rate of 56 per 100,000 residents, (2017) and El Paso, where his fellow American citizens reside, has a rate of 2.5 (2015).

It was a shocking statement of total disregard for his fellow countrymen.

It’s the equivalent of telling a single mother living in a crime-ridden section of a violent American city to take the locks off her doors.

But O’Rourke compounded this lunacy when he gave his reasons.

He actually said that the wall forces migrants to find another way into the country, crossing illegally in “hostile” and “in-hospitable” areas without a wall.

This current progressive darling inadvertently acknowledged that the wall works as intended and deters and prevents illegal entry into the U.S. where it stands. Conservatives and wall proponents should beg him to keep talking.

Ideologues like O’Rourke and Gillibrand find themselves in an odd race to see who can appeal most to progressive America by espousing loony ideas. They have a lot of fellow racers, and most times it’s simply humorous to watch.

But here O’Rourke and Gillibrand and have chosen danger to their own citizens over potential danger to foreign citizens and criminal illegal aliens.

Simply allowing them to verbally twist themselves into progressive knots is not enough.

Americans who differ must call them out in a loud and clear voice. The obligation of citizenship, which they seem to have forgotten, demands it.

Gary Brignone

Amherst

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