Julian Castro on Immigration



Reverse Muslim ban; Marshall Plan for Central America

In a Medium post, Castro outlined his extensive immigration policy, which includes reversing Trump policies such as the Muslim ban, spending on a southern border wall and cuts to refugee programs. Castro proposed a 21st Century Marshall Plan for Central America to focus on stabilizing the countries with the largest number of migrants coming to the U.S.

Castro wants an overhaul of the pathway to citizenship for immigrants, especially for DACA recipients. He criticized a policy shift under President George W. Bush that allows immigrants to be charged in the criminal court rather than civil. Castro wants to split ICE in half, and keep "national security functions such as human and drug trafficking and anti-terrorism investigations within the Department of Homeland Security."

Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020" , Apr 22, 2019

Asylum seekers have the right to be heard

We need to stop playing games with people who are seeking asylum. I don't think that we should treat them as criminals. Until about 2004, we treated somebody crossing the border as a civil violation, not a criminal one. They still have to come to court. We still monitor them. We still have the option to deport them. Most people who are seeking asylum may not get it, but some will, and we should hear their claims.

I don't believe the narrative that people who are coming to our southern border, these families, women and children, that they represent a threat to our country. We should choose compassion even as we maintain a secure border. When it comes to our DREAMers and it comes to other undocumented immigrants, I believe in a pathway to citizenship. That includes not only DREAMers, but people with temporary protected status, whom this president has put a target on their back.

Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls , Apr 11, 2019

Treat immigration as civil, not criminal, issue

"We must end the three and ten year bars that require undocumented individuals--who otherwise qualify for legal status--to leave the country and their families behind, in order to attain citizenship," Castro wrote. Castro wants to eliminate Section 1325 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The section makes it a criminal offense to enter the U.S. illegally, enter into a marriage to avoid immigration laws and create a "commercial enterprise" to avoid immigration laws. "The truth is," Castro wrote, "immigrants seeking refuge in our country aren't a threat to national security. Migration shouldn't be a criminal justice issue. It's time to end this draconian policy and return to treating immigration as a civil--not a criminal--issue."
Source: Townhall.com on "Open Borders" , Apr 3, 2019

We can have compassion AND border security

Just two generations after my grandmother came across this border, one of her grandsons, my brother Joaquin, is a member of Congress, and I'm running for President. Our nation has always been a country of immigrants, folks who have made a profound and positive difference to our nation's progress. We can have a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. Don't believe Trump's lies--we don't have to choose between border security and being compassionate. We can have both.
Source: 2020 Presidential campaign website JulianForTheFuture.com , Feb 11, 2019

Against funding border wall

According to his campaign website, Castro said, "It's about separating our country from the rest of the world and cowering in fear. This is not how most Americans want us to behave--neither building a wall nor shutting down the government. Let us be clear: Any bill to fund the government must not include any funding for a wall at our southern border. Democrats in Congress should not buckle to the tyrant's demands."
Source: Townhall.com: "The 2020 Democrats" (presidential hopefuls) , Feb 4, 2019

Compassion for refugees, pathway for those here

This policy of separating children from their parents and the terrible way that Customs and Border Protection has managed its responsibilities, including the deaths of two children within the last few weeks. That's a real tragedy. I don't believe that we should have family detention for people that are seeking asylum or refugee status, so that we should develop other ways to ensure that people are processed, that we're able to keep track of them in the country. I would make sure that we push as hard as possible for comprehensive immigration reform so that for the people who are already here, if they've been law abiding, if they pay a fine, that they can get an earned path to citizenship.
Source: CBS Face the Nation 2019 interviews: 2020 Democratic primary , Jan 13, 2019

Secure the border by using technology, not a wall

Source: PBS News hour on 2020 Presidential hopefuls , Jan 12, 2019

Support comprehensive immigration reform

Mexican President Felipe Calderon expressed his appreciation to Mayor Julian Castro for San Antonio's pro-Mexico relationship, especially in business investments, in a meeting that lasted nearly an hour Monday evening. Castro declared support for comprehensive immigration reform and listed business investments San Antonio companies have made in Mexico.

Castro said afterward that he cited as examples H-E-B, which operates 36 Mexico stores, and Valero Energy Corp.'s dealings with Mexico's government-owned energy company, Petroleos Mexicanos, or PEMEX. Castro said he told Calderon that Texas has "a better approach to immigration policy than other hard-line states. I said, 'We have a more reasoned approach that can provide a better opportunity for a compromise'" on U.S. immigration reform.

Source: David Hendricks in San Antonio Express-News , Aug 9, 2011

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