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Beto O’Rourke Rips Biden Admin’s Treatment Of Haitian Migrants

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Former Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke surprised many this week when he went after Joe Biden’s administration for its treatment of Haitian migrants.

In an op-ed published by El Paso Matters, O’Rourke — who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2018 and lost to GOP Sen. Ted Cruz — slammed the Biden administration over its treatment of Haitian migrants who recently arrived at the U.S-Mexico border.

O’Rourke wrote that it “didn’t have to happen” and that the Biden administration “should have seen them coming and ensured that the people of Del Rio, the women and men of the Border Patrol and especially the refugees themselves would not have to endure what has shocked the world over the last week.”

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“What has happened in Del Rio is wrong. It didn’t have to happen,” he said.

O’Rourke, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2020, then tore into the Biden administration.

“In 2010 a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving more than a million homeless. Countless Haitians found themselves forced to flee the already severely destabilized island nation to seek safety and refuge elsewhere,” he added.

“With the compounding problems in Haiti over this past year, including the unsolved assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, preventing a return to their home country, the Haitians in exile began their trek to America,” he continued.

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“And once the Haitians arrived, why was our government so slow to respond, leaving the people of Del Rio and the Border Patrol to their own devices?” he questioned.

O’Rourke said the country is in need of “some leadership at this moment” and “not the quickie deportations that will only exacerbate the problems in Haiti and likely produce more outbound refugees who will appear on our border in a future year.”

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Texas politics has been heating up in recent months.

Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey gave an update on his potential plans for a gubernatorial bid in his home state of Texas next year.

Though he remained noncommittal, McConaughey did say he is still “measuring” a potential run, according to reports.

“Look, it’s going to be in some capacity. … I just — I’m more of a folksy and philosopher-poet statesman than I am a, per se, definitive politician,” McConaughey noted during an interview on the “Set‌ ‌it‌ ‌Straight:‌ ‌Myths‌ ‌and‌ ‌Legends” podcast.

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“So I go, well, that’s a reason not to, but then I go, no, that’s exactly why you should, because politics needs redefinition, but I’m measuring, you know, what is my category? What’s my embassy?” he asked.

McConaughey has also not yet declared which party he officially belongs to but he has sided with Democrats in the past on issues like gun control, so that’s most likely how he would run.

If McConaughey did run, he’d be up against O’Rourke in the primary to see who will face off against Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott.

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