Beto O’Rourke to host immigration roundtable

T-R FILE PHOTO Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke will return to Marshalltown Wednesday for an immigration roundtable discussion. He is shown here at the Iowa Veterans Home in July.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke will return to Marshalltown Wednesday to host an immigration roundtable discussion.

The former Texas congressman will hold the event at 11:30 a.m. at La Carreta Mexican Restaurant, 308 Iowa Ave. E. The event will be open to the public.

According to a campaign statement, the discussion will be centered on Marshalltown’s “success in welcoming immigrants.” The city has a significant population of people of Latin American and Southeast Asian origins.

O’Rourke released an immigration plan earlier this year which includes ending family separations at the United States-Mexico border, pushing Congress to change the country’s naturalization and immigration policy, and work with other countries on issues impacting immigration.

O’Rourke has visited Marshalltown on previous occasions, including a stop at the Mowry-Irvine Mansion and the Iowa Veterans Home.

He came into the national spotlight after a better-than-expected performance against Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm election.

O’Rourke is one of 10 Democratic presidential candidates so far to have qualified for the next primary debate in September and is one of more than 20 still in the race.