Looks like Beto O’Rourke’s campaign was caught targeting folks in Mexico with social media ads

Democratic presidential hopeful Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke targeted social media users in Mexico with online advertisements, which either means that he’s really bad at geography or that the Democrat Party sees little difference between U.S. citizens and Mexican nationals.

Facebook transparency tools allows users to see where groups target sponsored posts, and a screenshot of O’Rourke’s page shared by the Washington Free Beacon shows the candidate paid to have some posts viewed by Facebook users in Mexico.

The post highlighted was an invitation to a campaign event on Tuesday at the Jacobs Center in San Diego, California.

The Free Beacon noted that it was “unclear” why the O’Rourke campaign would run ads in Mexico and they did not respond to a request for comment.

However, as of Monday, the page was was no longer advertising in Mexico.

O’Rourke was born in El Paso, Texas, which is a border town and he is opposed to the efforts by President Donald Trump to build a wall to enhance border security.

In fact, he told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes in February he would “absolutely” take down the border wall in his home city, claiming that barriers have “pushed migrants and asylum seekers and refugees to the most inhospitable, the most hostile stretches of the U.S-Mexico border.”

Mexicans account for roughly half of all illegal immigrants in the U.S., and O’Rourke has a sympathetic view of those who eschew our immigration laws, comparing their plight to “modern-day bondage.”

The failed 2016 U.S. Senate candidate made the comparison over the weekend as he spoke at a labor forum hosted by SEIU and the Center for American Progress Action Fund in Las Vegas, according to the Free Beacon.

“[With immigration, there are] millions living in the shadows, working some of the toughest jobs, lucky to make a minimum wage, still not even making that,” O’Rourke said. “[Immigrants are] kept in modern day bondage, their immigration status used as leverage to keep them down from fully participating in this country’s success and in our economy, an economy that works too well for too few and not well enough for most Americans.”

 

He has stopped short of calling for the abolishing of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but has said as president, the agency “will not employ those practices we’ve seen not just under this administration but under the previous administration.”

Speaking at Texas Southern University in Houston last week, O’Rourke said “we don’t need those internal roundups and deportations and enforcement,” Fox News reported.

And he was complimentary of illegal immigrants.

“Some people who had been here for decades who posed no threat to their families, to their communities, to this country,” he said, “in fact, in any way that you can measure are contributing far more than they are taking.”

If only American citizens can find a Democrat to look at them the way they look at illegal immigrants.

For what it’s worth, the Free Beacon did a review of the other Democratic candidates running for president and found no one running ads targeting people outside the US.

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