Beto O & Rourke blamed Donald Trump for the death of a father and daughter who drowned earlier this week along a bank of the Rio Grande River.
& # 39; Trump is responsible for these deaths & # 39 ;, he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday evening and shared an AP story about drowning.
His indictment comes at the first democratic presidential discussion on Wednesday evening, where O & # 39; Rourke will share the stage with nine other contenders.
Democrats have expressed indignation at the president's immigration policy since the scorching photo went viral.
Beto O & Rourke blamed Donald Trump for the death of a father and daughter who drowned earlier this week along a bank of the Rio Grande river
Democrats have expressed indignation at President Donald Trump's immigration policy since the blistering photo went viral
& # 39; Because his government refuses to follow our laws – and to prevent refugees from presenting for asylum in our ports of call – they cause families to cross between ports and cause more suffering and death. At the expense of our humanity, not in the interest of our safety, & R wrote O & R 39.
Immigration was expected to be a subject of the night, but the photo of 25-year-old Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, a Salvadoran man, pulled up with his black t-shirt and his 23-month-old daughter wrapped with her arm beside him around his neck, Democrats guarantees that something is wrong.
Attached to the photo were photos of Martinez's 21-year-old wife, who watched the events as her husband and child tried to cross the border illegally by swimming across the river in Brownsville, Texas.
O & # 39; Rourke was already scheduled for Thursday to Homestead, Fla. To travel to meet activists leading the opposition to the child migration detention center where thousands of teenagers are being held.
And Elizabeth Warren announced Tuesday evening that she too will be going to Homestead. Her visit comes before the debate on Wednesday.
& # 39; I'm going to Homestead tomorrow, come with me, & # 39; Warren said to the crowd on Tuesday in her town hall in Miami.
The Massachusetts senator described the horrific and indecent scene she saw last year when they visited detention centers in McAllen, Texas, when news of immigrant cages and family divorces first came to the fore in the headlines.
Senator Elizabeth Warren said she will visit the Homestead Migrant Detention Center for hours before taking the debate 30 miles north in Miami. Wednesday evening
The shelter for unaccompanied children in Homestead has become the center of attention for Democrats to Florida for the first primary debates, and especially after a young father and his daughter died trying to enter the US illegally
Warren's Trump government doesn't keep people safe because it can't see the difference between a threat from a terrorist, a criminal, and a little girl & # 39;
25-year-old Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez with his wife and daughter
& # 39; A government that cannot see the difference between a threat from a terrorist, a criminal, and a little girl is not a government that keeps us safe, & # 39; Warren told the crowd.
Warren and O & # 39; Rourke were not the only two Democratic presidential contenders to blame Trump.
Cory Booker also blamed the president.
& # 39; We should not look away, & # 39; Booker tweeted Tuesday evening. & # 39; These are the consequences of Donald Trump's inhumane and immoral immigration policy. This is done in our name. & # 39;
All three candidates will be on stage together on Wednesday evening in Miami.
Senator and 2020 contender Cory Booker blamed President Trump for the death of the migrant father and his 23-month-old daughter who tried to cross by swimming over the Rio Grande
Booker says this happened because of the & # 39; inhumane & # 39; immigration policy of Trump
A 21-year-old wife and mother watched her 25-year-old husband and young daughter die, trying to cross the river to Brownsville, Texas
The two-night primary debates, organized by NBC News on Wednesday and Thursday, will include 10 Democratic candidates each evening, randomly selected for which stage they will appear.
The Homestead center is approximately 30 minutes south of the debate phase.
Eric Swalwell also visited the center on Monday and met demonstrators outside the facility.
& # 39; We are investigating a camp, a camp with children that is cruelly locked up here & # 39 ;, he said as he documented the experience on his social media. & # 39; They don't belong here. They belong to their family. & # 39;
Democrats made it a point to visit the facility after Congressman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who represents Florida, invited 2020 primary candidates to go through the asylum where 2,000 migrant children are being held.
Mucarsel-Powell, a democrat, was previously denied access to the facility, but said she would guide all candidates who want to take a look.
President Trump has blamed the Democrats for the situation.
& # 39; If the Democrats changed the asylum laws and loopholes, which they refuse to do because they think it is good politics, everything would be resolved immediately & # 39 ;, he told NBC News last week.
& # 39; But they refuse to do it. They refuse to do it. You know what? If they change that, I say, I used to say 45 minutes. It is 15 minutes. If they changed their asylum and if they changed the mesh, everything at the border would be perfect. & # 39;
Eric Swalwell visited the Homestead detention center on Monday
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