By: Gina BenitezEL PASO, Texas -- Rep. Beto O'Rourke says there is no crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border and Gov. Rick Perry should use the money he's spending to send National Guard troops to the border should be spent elsewhere.
"Unfortunately, I think he's confused again. This is the same governor that remember, talked about car bombs going off in the streets of El Paso, which we know has never happened," O'Rourke said.
O'Rourke said when it comes to the border, Perry has a hard time getting his facts straight.
"This is the same governor who was confused and said that Ciudad Juarez was in the United States," O'Rourke said.
O'Rourke believes the border is safer than it's ever been and militarizing it, isn't the answer."
The money the governor is spending on the Department of Public Safety should be spent on schools, on infrastructure, on the real needs we have along the border," O'Rourke said.
Top government officials project we'll see around 90,000 unaccompanied children coming in this year.
While O'Rourke agrees there is a surge in refugees seeking asylum, he says as the wealthiest and most powerful country in this world's history, it's nothing we can't handle.
"I think we can do that. I don't see a crisis here," O'Rourke said.The congressman said first, we need to own that we are part of the problem."So many of the illegal drugs that we consume in the United States make their way through these countries and destabilize them," O'Rourke said.Then, we need to help find a solution.
"We need for the leaders of Honduras and Guatemala and El Salvador to strengthen the rule of law, to improve aspects of civil society, to take care of those families and kids and to reduce criminality. To improve conditions there to the point that children and families are not fleeing for their lives," O'Rourke said.
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