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Sun Jul 14, 2019, 06:47 AM

Candidate O'Rourke joins protest aimed at treatment of immigrants

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — A rally Friday night protesting the detention of migrants was followed with a visit by Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who has made immigration a focus of his campaign.

O’Rourke, a former congressman from El Paso, Texas, told the crowd gathered in Putnam Park about meeting a family of asylum seekers in Juarez, Mexico. The family had fled El Salvador after being threatened by a gang.

“So doing what any human being would do in the same set of conditions,” O’Rourke said, “what Amy, my wife, and I would do if it were the only way to save our kids, that family made that journey, by foot, sometimes in a bus, sometimes atop — not inside — of a train.”

After crossing the desert in blistering heat for six hours and crossing the Rio Grande, according to O’Rourke, the family turned themselves in to U.S. immigration authorities, seeking asylum. He said they were taken to a border patrol station, put in a freezing cell and then returned to Mexico after three days, where they are to remain pending the outcome of their asylum claim, under a Trump administration policy.

Read more: https://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/candidate-o-rourke-joins-protest-aimed-at-treatment-of-immigrants/article_7e699d5c-fd2f-53d0-a7c8-82c2571b3952.html
(Keene Sentinel)

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