Beto Tells Colbert He Wants Citizenship For Dreamers \'today,\' Woos NY Donors With Real Housewives\' Andy Cohen

WASHINGTON — Foes have painted him as a darling of the coastal elites. But if Rep. Beto O'Rourke is sweating about that line of attack, he shrugged it off long enough to spend Wednesday evening in Manhattan — yukking it up on late-night TV and raking in cash from New Yorkers eager to turn Texas blue.

Andy Cohen, executive producer and public face of Bravo's Real Housewives franchise, headlined a $500 per head reception for O'Rourke, who is locked in a tight battle to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz.

That came after the El Paso Democrat's gig on Late Night with Stephen Colbert, where he fielded softball questions about border security and revealed an impatience for providing citizenship to young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children.

"We don't need a wall," he said when Colbert prompted him to discuss his views on border security and immigration. "We can have smart security solutions and we can free Dreamers from the fear of deportation by making them US citizens today, so they can contribute to their maximum capacity, to their full potential."

"Today" would represent an unusually aggressive time frame. President Donald Trump scrapped the Obama-era program known as Deferred Adjudication for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, ending the executive order that shielding so-called "Dreamers" from the threat of deportation. O'Rourke has long voiced support for the Dream Act, which would codify DACA into law and provide an eventual -- years-long -- path to citizenship for immigrants who had lived in the United States for a certain period and stayed out of trouble.

Even if he was referring in shorthand to that proposal, his language could provide fodder to Cruz and other conservatives who portray him as dangerously radical.

"Looks like Beto took his extreme message where it actually resonates--to the New York and Hollywood celebrities who champion amnesty and open borders. He should be running alongside Cynthia Nixon and Andrew Cuomo, rather than in the Lone Star State where the rule of law and securing our borders actually matter," Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said late Wednesday after the show aired.

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Beto tells Colbert he wants citizenship for Dreamers 'today,' woos NY donors with Real Housewives' Andy Cohen