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Beto O’Rourke touts his immigration credentials. But these El Pasoans say he doomed their historic migrant neighborhood.

As an El Paso City Council member, O'Rourke favored a redevelopment plan that called for an arena in Duranguito. Now, remaining residents want his help to stop the wrecking ball from destroying their historic barrio.

Seen is an aerial photo of the Durangito neighborhood, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. The neighborhood is in the cities proposed arena footprint. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune
Seen is an aerial photo of the Durangito neighborhood, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. The neighborhood is in the cities proposed arena footprint. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune
Seen is fencing blocking off the public from vacant buildings in the Duranguito neighborhood, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune

"His voice would be influential"

Antonita Morales sits in her living room, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Morales, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1965, is the last resident living in her apartment complex in the Duranguito neighborhood. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune

Seeds of destruction

Seen is a sign on the edge of Duranguito neighborhood, Friday, April 19, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune
Seen is an aerial photo of the Durangito neighborhood, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. The neighborhood is in the cities proposed arena footprint. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune
Seen is an aerial photo of the Durangito neighborhood, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. The neighborhood is in the cities proposed arena footprint. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune

Modern vision, crumbling past

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