Julián Castro is the only Latino presidential hopeful, and he's making immigration the centerpiece of his 2020 campaign.
"This president is asking people to choose cruelty," says Julián Castro, presidential candidate for the Democratic nomination. "I ask people to use compassion with a border that is secure." Castro is the only candidate so far with an extensive immigration plan. He seems to understand both the anxiety felt by Americans regarding this issue, as well as the immigrants’ point of view. It also provides a complete foil to Trump’s rhetoric, who recently declared a national emergency in an attempt to unilaterally fund the infamous border wall, right after leading the country to the longest national shutdown in history over this same issue.
Castro aims to end the most alarming policies from this administration: the ICE raids, the vilifying of immigrants and families, and the Muslim ban perpetrated by Trump. In fact, Castro plans to undo many of the policies and laws implemented under both the Bush and Trump administration. One of its proposals it to repeal Section 1325 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which Bush used to turn entering the United States illegally from civil infractions to criminal violations.
What’s remarkable about Castro’s plan is that it provides a path to citizenship for "undocumented individuals and families who do not have a current pathway to legal status, but who live, work, and raise families in communities throughout the United States." His plan also finds a solution to the limbo in which Dreamers find themselves. The only sensible path for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children is a path towards citizenship.
As president, Castro would increase refugee admissions, reunite families separated at the border, and allow deported veterans who served in the US military to return to the United States.
Castro is the only Latino candidate in the 2020 presidential race, and though his chances seem slim for now, he provides sensible solutions that the Democratic nominee should adopt.
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