O'Rourke to visit Mexico, meet turned away US asylum-seekers

4 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, June 29 2019 Jun 29, 2019 June 29, 2019 10:01 PM June 29, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is heading to Mexico to meet with immigrants seeking U.S. asylum but "turned away."

In his first international trip as a White House hopeful, the former congressman will visit Ciudad Juarez, across the Rio Grande from his native El Paso, Texas, on Sunday to view what he calls "the desperate circumstances" some are fleeing.

O'Rourke says he'll also see the conditions they endure while waiting because of the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" program, which he calls "unlawful."

Additionally, O'Rourke plans a rally Sunday outside the Border Patrol facility in nearby Clint, Texas, where immigrant children have reported being denied access to such basics as soap and toothbrushes.

He previously visited centers holding immigrant children in Florida and Houston.

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