Beto's story about honor student deported unfounded

Dallas Morning News:
It was a powerful anecdote. At the first Senate debate, Rep. Beto O'Rourke illustrated the plight of "Dreamers" by talking about the salutatorian at tiny Booker High School in the Texas Panhandle, recently deported to his country of origin, not even speaking the language.

The congressman had embellished what he'd been told on a visit to Booker 14 months ago. And even that version, it turns out, got key facts wrong.

The honor student in question was actually the valedictorian.

She spoke the language.

It happened a decade ago, not recently.

And most importantly, said Yamile Guerrero Rosales, "I wasn't deported, but I had to figure life out on my own for six months with a baby," stuck in Juarez, Mexico, until her paperwork came through.

Born in Durango, Mexico, she's now 30 and was naturalized two years ago as an American. She's raising two kids in Booker with a third coming any day, working as an accountant at a firm in the oil patch.

She was mighty surprised to be invoked at Friday night's Dallas debate between O'Rourke and Sen. Ted Cruz.
Apparently, O'Rourke made the mistake of relying on hearsay allegations and had no personal knowledge of Rosales.  It is a mistake that Democrats and the media have made recently in allegations against Judge Kavanaugh.  It is inherently unreliable and that is the reason it is almost always excluded from evidence in a trail.


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