Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeTrump hits Fox News for 'wasting airtime' with coverage of Buttigieg Overnight Health Care — Presented by Campaign for Accountability — Momentum builds for federal laws enshrining abortion rights | Missouri lawmakers approve bill banning abortions at 8 weeks | Warren unveils plan to protect abortion rights Overnight Energy: Dems dismiss Interior chief's work calendars as 'fake' | Buttigieg climate plan includes carbon tax | Poll finds growing number say climate is crucial 2020 issue MORE (D-Texas) recorded his trip to the dentist on Thursday to showcase his hygienist's experiences growing up near the southern border. 

"So I'm here at the dentist and we’re going to continue our series on the people of the border," O'Rourke says in a video posted on Instagram as he receives a dental cleaning. 

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O'Rourke, who represented a district in El Paso, then flips the camera in the direction of his hygienist, Diana, who recounts her time growing up near the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Diana, wearing goggles and a mask over her face, said she was born in El Paso and that her father was a U.S. citizen. She added that her mother was born in a small town in Mexico and that she herself was a permanent resident in the U.S. while studying for her American citizenship. 

She said people in the area were extremely helpful during her time studying for her citizenship, and that "the entire neighborhood was there when she passed her citizenship test."

"It was wonderful," she said, before saying that she wants other Americans to realize that the region near the border is  "a beautiful community."

"We all support each other, we love each other. It’s not what everyone else thinks."

The interview from O'Rourke is part of a series of videos he has posted online interviewing people who live near the southern border. 

O'Rourke, who became a rising Democratic star in his bid to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Eye-popping number of Dems: I can beat Trump 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate MORE (R-Texas) last year, has denounced President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE's rhetoric on immigration. He said earlier this week that the U.S.-Mexico border was "one of the safest places" in the U.S. 

His comments came as Trump is sticking with his request for $5.7 billion to build a steel barrier along the southern border, which Democrats oppose. The standoff led to a partial government shutdown that is nearing its fourth week.