Beto O'Rourke: Border wall 'will ensure death'
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Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeAuthorities seize weapons from alleged neo-Nazi leader under 'red flag' law Super PAC seeks to spend more than million supporting Yang Krystal Ball rips media for going 'all-in' on Buttigieg's debate performance MORE (D-Texas) said in a new interview that President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' 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 CruzHillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Lawmakers condemn Apple, Activision Blizzard over censorship of Hong Kong protesters The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's impeachment jeopardy deepens 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.