O'Rourke rips Trump's 'lies' ahead of El Paso visit

O'Rourke rips Trump's 'lies' ahead of El Paso visit
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Former Texas Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeThe Hill's Campaign Report: Stage set for second Democratic showdown Biden, Harris set for second Democratic debate showdown 2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally MORE (D) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE's "lies" on border security and immigration reform Saturday ahead of the president's visit to El Paso, where O'Rourke previously represented.

In a lengthy Medium post post Saturday, the Texas Democrat and potential 2020 White House contender accused the president of "racist, inflammatory rhetoric" on immigration as the Trump administration supposedly tries "to take kids from their parents, to deploy the United States Army on American soil, to continue mass deportations and to end the protection for Dreamers."

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"Not only will it lead to thousands of Americans losing their farms and ranches and homes through eminent domain to build a wall despite the fact that we have the lowest level of northbound apprehensions in my lifetime; it will lead to greater suffering and death for immigrants who are pushed to more dangerous points of crossing," O'Rourke wrote in his essay.

"We can decide that we’ll get past the lies and fear, focus on the facts and human lives in our midst, and do the right thing," he continued. "The end goal is a stronger, safer, more successful country. Critical to achieving that goal is having immigration, security and bilateral policies that match reality and our values."

O'Rourke's post comes ahead of Trump's planned rally in El Paso Monday as the president continues his push for congressional action on funding for his plans to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a plan strongly opposed by Democrats including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDHS chief to Pelosi: Emergency border funding 'has already had an impact' The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants Trump faces new hit on deficit MORE (D-Calif.), who has pledged to provide nothing for construction of a physical barrier.

Democrats are pushing for increased investment in technological defenses and surveillance measures along the border, as well as a legislative fix for the thousands of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, who were thrown into legal limbo when the Trump administration declared an end to the program.

The former Texas lawmaker, who ran unsuccessfully against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHow to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian energy Cruz calls for 'every penny' of El Chapo's criminal enterprise to be used for Trump's wall after sentencing Conservatives defend Chris Pratt for wearing 'Don't Tread On Me' T-shirt MORE (R-Texas) in November, plans to hold a counter-rally in El Paso on Monday in response to Trump's visit.

“Beto O’Rourke will join with his city on Monday evening to show the country the reality of the border -- a vibrant, safe, binational community that proudly celebrates its culture, history, diversity and status as a city of immigrants,” a statement from his office read.