A DACA supporter challenged Congressman Beto O'Rourke, and a DACA recipient unloaded on him at a town hall in the Greenspoint area of Houston Texas. O'Rourke is running for Senate and will be Ted Cruz's likely opponent.
Beto O'Rourke's vote on DACA challenged
Beto O'Rourke seemed prepared to take the heat for the vote he made that kept the government open at the expense of DACA.
The first woman that stood up was not a DACA recipient. She said she supported the program and did not understand O'Rourke's vote. She made it clear she was neither a Democrat or a Republican. She personalized it by noting she had neighbors that were beneficiaries of the program.
Another woman who is a DACA recipient confronted Beto as well. She admonished O'Rourke for supporting the budget deal that left out the program. She said that it was clear that recipients wanted a no vote and he did not oblige.
O'Rourke explained that there was too much in the bill for disaster relief and other programs that made it near impossible for him to vote against the bill. He said that the shutdown was unlikely to work and as such was not the right thing to do in his mind.
He promised that he would continue the fight. The DACA recipient did not seem convinced. He asked her to watch what he does going forward. He told both women that he agreed with them coming and saying their piece.
Beto handled himself well. I am from the school of thought that at some time Democrats have to be willing like the Republicans have, to burn the house down lest they will always fail at tough legislation. I explained in the past why I thought they should have done it with this bill. But I respect other opinions.
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