Divergent views on abortion and immigration distinguish District 16 candidates
EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Democrats typically win 16 in Texase Congressional District by margins so wide that Republicans often don’t bother to run. This has happened four times in the past two decades.
But things are different in 2020. Outgoing U.S. Democratic Representative Veronica Escobar – already in demand by her party for prominent roles and committees – has drawn an opponent from the GOP.
The challenger is Irene Armendariz-Jackson, a first-time candidate who doesn’t hesitate to portray the incumbent as a selfish liar and an abortion supporter.
“I think laws should protect the most vulnerable in our society. We need to protect the babies in the womb, ”Armendariz-Jackson told Border Report. “I don’t believe in abortion under any circumstances. I don’t believe there is a reason to ever dismember a baby in its mother’s womb.
It followed with a campaign ad titled “La Mentirosa” (The Liar) featuring Pinocchios dancing to the tune of “La Cucaracha” (The Cockroach), a Mexican satirical song performed by a mariachi band. Medical images of Escobar show her developing a long nose.
The incumbent said she “strongly believes in women’s reproductive rights” and that the government should not get involved in decisions between a woman and her doctor.
As for the “Mentirosa” ad, Escobar said his campaign had received complaints from the public who found it offensive. “I think these bland ads say a lot more about my opponent than about me,” Escobar said. “I chose to spend my time positively engaging directly with voters, sharing information about my work, community accomplishments, and my commitment to our values.”
Escobar is running for re-election for sponsoring bills to help veterans and hold the Trump administration accountable, and for the leadership roles entrusted by his colleagues adult cam sites.
Hold the Trump administration accountable
Escobar sits on the House Judiciary and Armed Services committees, is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Democratic Women’s Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, and co-chair of the Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform.
She recorded airtime on public television stations, swarming the Department of Homeland Security and immigration enforcement officials on issues ranging from neglect of migrants in detention centers to questionable funding. for the border wall and the rights of asylum seekers. She also voted to impeach President Trump.
But her biggest fame came in February, when she delivered the Democratic response, Spanish version, to the president’s state-of-the-union speech.
“Honestly, the biggest threat to our security is a Republican-controlled President and Senate action out of self-interest,” Escobar said on national television.
She explained how the gunman who came to El Paso on August 3, 2019 to kill 23 people and injure 23 others was inspired by Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , held more than 200 bills passed by the House. Democrats with some Republican support.
A part of these invoices include its own Homeland Security Improvement Act, which establishes an independent resolution process for handling complaints against immigration agencies and requires border patrol and ICE officers to wear body cameras.
Other bills she has introduced deal with more protection for veterans, amending the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission Act to better prepare the two countries to cope. the next pandemic, and a bill canceling the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program.
Divergent views on immigration
The candidates’ views on the further construction of the border wall and on illegal immigration closely mirror those of their parties.
Homeland security leaders credit the MPP program and Mexico’s cooperation for the dramatic decrease in asylum claims and illegal immigration over the past 16 months. But it has also shocked migrant advocates in border towns like El Paso, who have seen their clients and families sent to await settlement of their asylum claims in Mexican border towns affected by widespread drug violence. .
Armendariz-Jackson points out that none of the bills sponsored by Escobar became law. And she says most of the people and families who flooded the southwest border in 2018 and 2019 were economic migrants, not legitimately empowered asylum seekers.
“My husband is a border patrol officer, so I’m in the front row to find out what’s really going on at the border,” she told Border Report. “They are here looking for a better economic life and our law clearly says that you must qualify for asylum under very specific rules” which involve official persecution for political opinions or for being members of protected groups.
Further, she alleges Democrats are encouraging migrants to circumvent asylum laws to the point of guiding them on what to say, and have interfered with practices such as DNA testing of adults and minors. to ensure that migrant groups claiming to be families are not. borrow “someone else’s children for immigration privileges.”
“The children were victims of trafficking; some children were “retrained” by adults who were not their biological parents. Eliminating DNA testing actually victimizes those who are most vulnerable, ”Armendariz-Jackson said.
She added that a Democrat-controlled Congress and White House could give way to socialism and open borders in America.
Escobar questioned the funding of the border wall and said she was in favor of reforming the immigration system, but with legalization options for those who have been in the country for a long time working and observing good behavior .
As for this election, Escobar feels confident not only in the race for District 16, but also in Democrats who are turning Texas blue.
“Texas is ripe for the taking,” Escobar said at a recent campaign event hosted by Jill Biden on behalf of her husband Joe.