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Biography

Julián Castro served as the Secretary for Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration. Castro was also the Mayor of his hometown San Antonio, Texas. After law school, Castro worked at an international law firm in D.C. Soon after, he was elected to the San Antonio City Council, serving as the city’s youngest ever councilman. After holding the seat for several years, he left the City Council to launch an ultimately unsuccessful mayoral campaign in 2005. In 2009, after spending several years in private practice, he ran again and won, resigning early from his second term to join President Obama’s cabinet. He announced his 2020 presidential campaign at a rally in Plaza Guadalupe in San Antonio

 

On the Issues

AAI tracks the official and campaign-trail statements of each presidential candidate on the issues we care about most. 

Scroll through the issues below to read what Julian Castro has said on the campaign trail. 

For our take on why these are the 12 issues that are critical for our community, read here.

DOMESTIC POLICY

Democracy Reforms

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Bigoted Speech

Hate Crime

NO BAN Act

Immigration

Surveillance

Criminal Justice Reform

FOREIGN POLICY

Iran Tensions

Israel Palestine

U.S. Role in the Arab World

Ongoing Conflicts

Democracy Reforms  

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Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 

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  Securitization and Surveillance 

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Hate Crime  

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Criminal Justice Reform 

  • If you are a young black man walking on the streets of a community, you are treated differently and that is wrong. I was in South Carolina just yesterday in Charleston and it has struck me that if Dylann Roof who shot up Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston can be taken in without incident as he should be, them so can Eric Garner and Stephan Clark, and so many other people.” (3/19/19, Youtube) 

 


Bigoted Speech: Instances of Condemnation and/or Use 

  • "I am grateful for @IlhanMN's courage and leadership and I stand with her - and with others targeted by the President's anti-Muslim rhetoric." (4/17/2019, Twitter) 

 


Immigration 

  • "The truth is, 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. (4/1/19, Medium) 
  • "We need a pathway to full and equal citizenship for the 11 million people living here peacefully, and contributing to our culture and our economy. We must protect Dreamers and their parents, and folks under protected status who fled natural disasters, persecution, or violence. We need to revamp the visa system and end the backlog of people who are waiting to reunite with their families.

    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. We need to create a secure and humane border. The worst of the government’s actions stem from a little-known, but significant policy that is central to today’s inhumane and flawed immigration system:Section 1325....This shift to criminalize immigration is at the core of many of this administration’s most egregious immigration policies ....

    The Trump administration has slashed the number of people who can claim asylum at our ports of entry, and weaponized Section 1325 to try and make it a crime to claim asylum outside a port of entry. These misguided policies, combined with criminally under-resourced ports of entry, have created a backlog at our borders. The result is apparent in the scenes from El Paso recently, where thousands of migrants were held with limited food and water in caged outdoor pens....

    We must properly equip and modernize our ports of entry. It’s time we stopped relying on outdated detention practices and instead utilize proven alternatives, and eliminated the for-profit immigration detention industry. Customs and Border Protection must focus its efforts on border-related activities like drug and human trafficking, and we must drastically improve the oversight and accountability of our border enforcement officials. Additionally, it’s time we reconstitute Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and split the agency in half — keeping national security functions such as human and drug trafficking and anti-terrorism investigations within the Department of Homeland Security, and reassigning the enforcement functions to other agencies as appropriate to increase oversight and raise standards.

    Donald Trump’s cruel and punitive “zero-tolerance” policies have done nothing to deter migrants or address the root causes of migration. And his recent short-sighted plan to cut foreign aid going to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador will only exacerbate the problem. I am calling for a 21st century Marshall Plan for Central America, focusing on stabilizing the nations that are the main sources of migration to the United States. Making investments in our southern neighbors boost U.S. economic growth, strengthens global relationships and helps ensure that all people can find the safety and stability they seek in their home countries." (4/1/19, Medium

  •  Last month, there were 144,000 people that came to the southern border.  And in our name, little children have been separated from their mothers.  People, right now, about 100 people are in the 100-degree heat of El Paso, Texas, underneath the bridge, being fenced in and kept like animals together without the ability to shower or to change clothes for a whole month.  That is a failure that this president has been on the issue of immigration, right? 
     So I say that we have tried this cruelty and his mistakes.  There’s a better way to do this.  And a couple of months ago, I release what I call my "People First" immigration plan that says, number one, that we need to treat people with compassion and with common sense instead of cruelty.  That we need to put the undocumented immigrants who are in the United States as long as somebody hasn't committed a serious crime on a pathway to citizenship, including our Dreamers.” (6/14/19,  Real Clear Politics) 

 

NO BAN Act 

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FOREIGN POLICY 


Israel/Palestine 

  • I believe that Israel, like a lot of other countries, wants to do the right thing, that they can get better. I do believe that we need to recognize and respect the human rights of Palestinians. I agree with Former Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel has to choose: It’s going to be a Jewish state, or a democratic state. That’s why I believe a two-state solution is the best solution for Israel. I recognize that that has been made harder over the years through the increase in settlements. My hope is that in the upcoming elections the Israeli people will send a stronger message about the need for a two-state solution.” (6/20/19, The New York Times) 

Iran Tensions   

  • The Iran Nuclear Agreement was a landmark achievement that prevented a nuclear-armed Iran for more than 3 years. If Iran continues to comply with the terms of the agreement as determined by the intelligence community, I will re-enter the U.S. into the #JCPOA as President.” (3/20/19, Twitter) 
  • “The United States and Israel share a common goal with most of the rest of the world that Iran never secures nuclear weaponsI don’t believe it will happen as long as we are vigilant and remain committed to the goal. The US will always stand for a strong Israel and ensure that Iran doesn’t have nuclear weapons.” (1/12/19, Time of Israel) 

 

U.S. Presence in the Arab World 

  • Reporter: Given the trajectory of the relationship and what we know of Mohammad bin Salman do you think the Saudis are still our ally? Castro: That is a very good question and you know frankly I think that the Obama administration began to take a new look at that relationship. It’s also troubling. What we continue to find out about the relationship between the president’s family and the Saudi royal family. And so you know I acknowledge here that I’m not privy to classified information. I don’t know what other information there is or how helpful they may have been. But right now I would say that it certainly raises the question. And it’s alarming that Saudi Arabia would be progressing toward nuclear capacity in this way. And there seems to be little accountability right now. (4/17/2019, Crooked

 

Ongoing Conflicts  

  • The next President must start by reversing the cruel policies of the Trump administration — including the Muslim ban, wasteful spending on a pointless wall, and cuts to the refugee program — and ending the vile rhetoric that has scapegoated and vilified immigrants. Next we need to repair our existing legal immigration system because the most effective way to secure the border is to ensure that our legal immigration policy works for people. We need a pathway to full and equal citizenship for the 11 million people living here peacefully, and contributing to our culture and our economy. We must protect Dreamers and their parents, and folks under protected status who fled natural disasters, persecution, or violence. We need to revamp the visa system and end the backlog of people who are waiting to reunite with their families. 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. We need to create a secure and humane border. The worst of the government’s actions stem from a little-known, but significant policy that is central to today’s inhumane and flawed immigration system:Section 1325. This antiquated law dates back to the era when my grandmother presented herself at Texas’ Eagle Pass border crossing, remanded as an orphan to her nearest relatives in San Antonio. In that decade — the 1920s — the U.S. government moved to cut off a wave of Mexican immigrants like her. These laws got a new life in 2005, when the Bush administration decided to charge those that crossed the border with criminal violations, rather than civil ones. This shift to criminalize immigration is at the core of many of this administration’s most egregious immigration policies — from family separation to indiscriminate ICE raids to targeting asylum seekers. It also underlies some of this administration’s most damaging rhetoric that vilifies immigrants and families The Trump administration has slashed the number of people who can claim asylum at our ports of entry, and weaponized Section 1325 to try and make it a crime to claim asylum outside a port of entry. These misguided policies, combined with criminally under-resourced ports of entry, have created a backlog at our borders. The result is apparent in the scenes from El Paso recently, where thousands of migrants were held with limited food and water in caged outdoor pens. The truth is, 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. Further, we must properly equip and modernize our ports of entry. It’s time we stopped relying on outdated detention practices and instead utilize proven alternatives, and eliminated the for-profit immigration detention industry. Customs and Border Protection must focus its efforts on border-related activities like drug and human trafficking, and we must drastically improve the oversight and accountability of our border enforcement officials. Additionally, it’s time we reconstitute Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and split the agency in half — keeping national security functions such as human and drug trafficking and anti-terrorism investigations within the Department of Homeland Security, and reassigning the enforcement functions to other agencies as appropriate to increase oversight and raise standards.Donald Trump’s cruel and punitive “zero-tolerance” policies have done nothing to deter migrants or address the root causes of migration. And his recent short-sighted plan to cut foreign aid going to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador will only exacerbate the problem. I am calling for a 21st century Marshall Plan for Central America, focusing on stabilizing the nations that are the main sources of migration to the United States. Making investments in our southern neighbors boost U.S. economic growth, strengthens global relationships and helps ensure that all people can find the safety and stability they seek in their home countries.
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