Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who has served three terms, expressed his disappointment with President Joe Biden’s handling of immigration policy, stating that he believes the President is “falling short” in this area. O’Rourke also mentioned that Democratic voters, who lack enthusiasm, are leaving the party in large numbers.
O’Rourke, a former prominent figure on the left who had unsuccessful attempts at running for Senate, governor, and president, expressed his views on Thursday during a panel discussion at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.
O’Rourke disagrees with Biden’s “asylum ban” policy but acknowledges that there is a significant influx of migrants crossing the southern border.
According to O’Rourke, Biden has been successful in terms of his rhetoric, which is a stark contrast to that of Donald Trump. However, O’Rourke believes that Biden is not doing enough to prevent political terror or the kind of violence that occurred in El Paso.
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He emphasized that the existing asylum ban creates immense difficulties for individuals who wish to legally, securely, and in an organized manner immigrate to this country when they are unable to stay in their own nation.
In addition, O’Rourke shared his thoughts on the polls that revealed Biden’s defeat in all but one of the six battleground states against Trump, the Republican frontrunner.
“It is no secret that Democratic voters are unexcited about Biden — that’s putting it politely. It is no secret, thanks to the poll that we just read in The New York Times on Sunday, that young voters especially are leaving his banner in droves,” O’Rourke said.
O’Rourke, an unexpected Democratic candidate from Texas, was elected to the House from 2013-19. Despite his unsuccessful Senate bid in 2018, presidential bid in 2020, and Texas gubernatorial run in 2022, he remained an active participant in the political landscape.
O’Rourke joins a growing list on the left who are challenging the Biden machine. Jill Stein and Cornel West are running as independents. Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) is also making noise as a potential challenger and there are rumors the No Labels group may be talking to him.
Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. want to challenge Biden as well, and it seems what should have been an easy reelection campaign has now devolved into factions calling out Biden’s well-documented corruption and the president himself looking unfit to run again.