Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for wall

The Texas Democrat who is challenging Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWith religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again Interstate compacts aren't the right way to fix occupational licensing laws Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for wall MORE (R-Texas) in this year’s midterm election said Thursday that he doesn’t know “what to believe” when it comes to President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE’s proposed border wall.

"Well, I don't know what to believe because there have been so many different stories from this president about what he means when he talks about a wall that can stretch from Brownsville 2,000 miles to San Diego,” Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) told CNN’s “New Day.”

“Thirty feet tall, pure concrete, we’ve heard in the past,” he said.


President Trump has insisted that a border wall, which was a signature promise of his presidential campaign, be attached to any deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Democrats, however, have resisted funding a barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border.

O’Rourke, who represents Texas’s 16th Congressional District, said El Paso does not need a wall.

“We are long past the point of diminishing returns,” O’Rourke said.

“Instead, we need to focus on the business before us, including ensuring that those 800,000 'Dreamers' are able to stay and flourish in this country,” he said, referring to young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

President Trump said last year that he would rescind the Obama-era program protecting young immigrants from deportation, but provided Congress with a six-month window to craft a legislative fix.

Lawmakers this week met with Trump at the White House to discuss immigration legislation. The president said Tuesday that a border wall "must be part of any DACA approval."