© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. congressman Beto O’Rourke speaks to attendees as he kicks off his marketing campaign in McAllen, Texas, U.S. November 17, 2021. REUTERS/Veronica G. Cardenas/File Photo
By Kanishka Singh
(Reuters) – Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic former U.S. congressman who’s working for governor of Texas, on Sunday criticized President Joe Biden for an absence of urgency on pursuing a revamp of immigration legal guidelines, indicating he’ll distance himself from the White House in his underdog marketing campaign.
O’Rourke introduced final Monday he’ll search to unseat Republican Governor Greg Abbott in subsequent yr’s election, aiming to develop into the primary Democrat to win a statewide race in Texas, the second most populous U.S. state, in three a long time.
“I do not think we have seen enough urgency when it comes to rewriting our immigration laws to match the needs and the reality that we see, especially in our border communities,” O’Rourke instructed CNN’s “State of the Union” program on Sunday. “So, yes, we expect more of our president and those who represent us in Congress.”
The Democratic president has made different points akin to infrastructure, social spending and COVID-19 reduction increased legislative priorities than immigration reform. Democrats narrowly management Congress.
O’Rourke additionally took goal at Abbott, saying the governor is “using the border right now as a photo opportunity, scapegoating and vilifying immigrants, asking Texans to, quote, ‘defend themselves’ and take matters into their own hands from this ‘invasion,’ as he describes it.”
Biden has confronted criticism from Democrats and Republicans over immigration and border points. Arrests on the U.S.-Mexico border have reached document ranges in latest months.
Asked whether or not he would welcome Biden to Texas to assist him marketing campaign, O’Rourke urged he wouldn’t, saying: “This campaign in Texas is not going to be about Joe Biden. It’s not going to be about Donald Trump. It’s not going to be about anyone from outside of our state.”
Trump, identified for a hardline method on immigration, final yr defeated Biden in Texas whereas dropping the presidential election nationally.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Biden have pledged to create a working group on arms trafficking and associated transborder crime and border safety, the White House stated on Friday.
Biden has saved in place a controversial order, first carried out by his Republican predecessor Trump final yr, that permits migrants to be instantly expelled with out a possibility to hunt asylum in mild of the pandemic.
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