O’Rourke Doomed Historic Immigrant Neighborhood
Some El Paso residents are upset with former Texas congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke for a decade-old vote in favor of a redevelopment plan that laid the groundwork for a historic migrant neighborhood in the city to be leveled.
O’Rourke supported a redevelopment plan that called for an arena to be built in the “heavily immigrant” Duranguito neighborhood, the Texas Tribune reports. The plan, which O’Rourke backed in 2006, was supported by wealthy landowners and developers, some of whom gave him financial support. O’Rourke’s father-in-law, Bill Sanders, a multi-millionaire real-estate mogul, also supported the project.