The president’s fellow party member made it clear that he would not like Biden to participate in his campaign.
Former Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who has put forward his candidacy for governor of Texas, criticized President Joe Biden for not being active enough in revising immigration laws, making it clear that he would distance himself from the White House in his campaign.
A week ago, O’Rourke announced that he intended to unseat Republican Governor Greg Abbott in next year’s elections, hoping to become the first Democrat in Texas in 30 years to win a statewide election.
“I don’t think we see a sufficient sense of urgency when it comes to rewriting immigration laws to meet the needs and realities that we see, especially in our border communities,” O’Rourke said.
“Therefore, yes, we expect more from our president and from those who represent us in Congress,” he added.
The Democratic President believes that infrastructure development, social spending, and the fight against COVID-19 are more priority issues on the legislative agenda than immigration reform. At the same time, the Democrats have only a fragile majority, controlling Congress.
O’Rourke also criticized the governor of Texas, saying that he “uses the border as a PR opportunity, denigrating immigrants and suggesting Texans “defend themselves” from this “invasion,” as he calls it, and take matters into their own hands.”
Biden has faced criticism from both Democrats and Republicans on immigration issues. In recent months, the number of arrests at the U.S.-Mexico border has reached a record high.
When asked if he would be happy if Biden came to Texas to help him in the election campaign, O’Rourke made it clear that he would not.
“This campaign in Texas is not about Joe Biden. And not about Donald Trump. It doesn’t talk about people who don’t live in our state,” he said.
Trump, known for his tough approach to immigration, defeated Biden in Texas last year, although he lost the presidential election in the country as a whole.
Biden upheld the controversial decree of his predecessor, according to which migrants can be immediately expelled from the country without the opportunity to apply for asylum in connection with the pandemic.