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Beto O’Rourke Says US Guest-Worker Program Would Help Slow Inflation

  • He’s vying to be first Democratic Texas governor in 30 years
  • Says allowing temporary workers would tamp down border chaos
Beto O'Rourke during The Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, on Sept. 24. 

Beto O'Rourke during The Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, on Sept. 24. 

Photographer: Jordan Vonderhaar/Bloomberg

Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat running for Texas governor, said his plan for a guest-worker program would help slow inflation and alleviate a worker shortage that plagues agriculture and other US industries.

“A Texas-based guest-worker program allows us to meet our economic opportunity, the needs that we have in our economy -- supply chain problems, inflation issues,” O’Rourke said at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin on Saturday. “Texas, the defining border and immigrant state, could lead the way for our country.”