Beto: 'If Immigration Is a Problem, It's the Best Possible Problem for This Country to Have'

By Susan Jones | March 14, 2019 | 7:44 AM EDT

Beto O'Rourke speaks to thousands of people gathered to protest a U.S./Mexico border wall being pushed by President Donald Trump February 11, 2019 in El Paso, Texas.(Photo by Christ Chavez/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Newly minted presidential contender Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke wants to open lawful paths of immigration to potentially millions more people.

"And all of us, wherever you live, can acknowledge that if immigration is a problem, it's the best possible problem for this country to have. And we should ensure that there are lawful paths to work, to be with family and to flee persecution," O'Rourke, from the border city of El Paso, said in his video announcement.

With continuous and energetic hand-gesturing, and his wife Amy looking on, O'Rourke echoed the "Yes we can" campaigns of Barack Obama:
 

"This is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us. The challenges that we face right now, the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate have never been greater, and they will either consume us or they will afford us the greatest opportunity to unleash the genius of the United States of America.

 

"In other words, this moment of peril produces perhaps the greatest moment of promise for this country and for everyone inside of it."

And here starts the "we can" theme:

We can begin by fixing our democracy and ensuring that our government works for everyone and not just corporations.

We can invest in the dignity of those who work and those who seek to work.

We can ensure that every single American can see a doctor and be well enough to live to their full potential.

And all of us, wherever you live, can acknowledge that if immigration is a problem, it's the best possible problem for this country to have. And we should ensure that there are lawful paths to work, to be with family and to flee persecution.

We can listen to and lift up rural America.

We can work on real justice reform and confront the hard truths of slavery and segregation and suppression in these United States of America.

We can reassert our global leadership and end these decades-long wars, and be there for every woman and man who has served in them.

And perhaps most importantly of all, because our very existence depends on it, we can unleash the ingenuity and creativity of millions of Americans who want to be ensure that we squarely confront the challenge of climate change before it's too late.

He promised to run a "positive" campaign that seeks to unite a divided country.

The video announcement came out just before the morning cable shows began at 6 a.m.; and it coincides with a gushing profile in Vanity Fair, complete with photographs by celebrity photographer Annie Liebovitz.

O'Rourke, a former U.S. congressman, lost his 2018 campaign for the U.S. Senate to incumbent Republican Ted Cruz.

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