Beto O’Rourke tries to tap border region’s ‘fierce pride,’ anger at Trump’s immigration policy

Beto O’Rourke tries to tap border region’s ‘fierce pride,’ anger at Trump’s immigration policy

Robert T. Garrett

BROWNSVILLE — Beto O’Rourke is trying to drive up turnout in South Texas by tapping into passions stirred by separation of immigrant children from their parents and widespread revulsion toward corporate-funded politicians.

His strategy for converting the lower Rio Grande Valley from primary-night embarrassment to November surprise also relies heavily on word of mouth about his relentless stumping and the border region’s resentment of how it’s been treated by Washington and Austin.

In a swing through Laredo, McAllen and Brownsville over the weekend, the Democratic Senate candidate excited large crowds most when he talked about clean-money elections and pivoting U.S. immigration policy away from building a wall along the Texas-Mexico border and toward helping young people brought into the country without papers.

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