Beto O'Rourke: Border wall 'will ensure death'
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Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeVeronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address Biden calls for revoking key online legal protection Trump mocks Booker over suspended presidential campaign MORE (D-Texas) said in a new interview that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE's proposed wall along the southern border "will ensure death," but stopped short of suggesting a specific alternative.

O'Rourke, who rose to national prominence with his unsuccessful bid last year to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzJordan says he thinks trial will be over by next week The Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power GOP-Biden feud looms over impeachment trial MORE (R-Texas), told The Washington Post that he believes the border is already secure, and that a wall could force migrants into more treacherous situations.

"You will ensure death," O'Rourke said.

“You and I, as Americans, have caused the deaths of others through these walls," he added.

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O'Rourke said he did not know what should be done to address immigration issues like overstayed visas, but instead called for an open debate on solutions.

“That’s a problem when you’re like, ‘It will be a wall,’ or ‘It will be this,’ or ‘We can only do it with this,’ ” O’Rourke told the Post. 

"The genius is we can nonviolently resolve our differences, though I won’t get to my version of perfect or I, working with you, will get to something better than what we have today."

Liberal groups and some Democratic politicians have said they'd like to see O'Rourke run for president in 2020. The former congressman is planning a road trip to meet with Americans around the country, but has been mum about plans for a presidential campaign.

The partial government shutdown — now in its 26th day — was sparked by Trump's demand for border wall funding.