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Julian Castro on Social Security

Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn); former HUD Secretary

 


Trust Fund needs immigrants to shore up Baby Boomers

Castro said, "I understand the struggle that a lot of people go through, because I understand that struggle myself." He comes at the topic of immigration in a way no one in the field has quite articulated--I watched him choke up when speaking about the conditions at the Homestead detention camp, outside of Miami, a few weeks ago.

"This president is failing us, but we're also failing ourselves to allow this to happen," he told me there. Immigrants need to come, Castro said, going beyond the moral argument by saying it's because the Social Security trust fund is running out, and without them, Baby Boomers will be broke. "That's not an argument that's based on emotion. That's not an argument that's based on just what's happening today," Castro told me. "It's based on the personal interest of every single senior citizen out there, no matter what your background is."

Source: The Atlantic magazine on 2019 Democratic primary , Jul 25, 2019

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