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People Are Already Excited Julian Castro Announced That He Is Considering Running For President

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We’re two years out until the 2020 presidential election, and there’s already much anticipation over who’s going to go head-to-head with President Donald Trump.

Despite losing their midterm elections, Beto O’Rourke and Andrew Gillum are already two strong contenders for the upcoming presidential election. For further proof that these two may be in the running, look no further to separate meetings with former President Barack Obama. However, it looks like Obama may need to schedule a meeting with an old friend from the White House.

Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro announced he is looking into running for president in 2020.

“I’ve spent the past several years traveling around America and listening to people’s concerns — mothers from Arizona, college students in Iowa, teachers in Florida,” Castro, who is also the former mayor of San Antonio, said in a video. “It doesn’t matter where we come from, we want the same things, we want to do right by our families, we want America to keep its promises. Americans are ready to climb out of this darkness…That’s why I am exploring a candidacy for president of the United States in 2020.”

Castro also discussed some of the key issues concerning the country including border security. He said that he believes in having a strong border presence and also treating undocumented people with respect.

So who is Julian Castro? Check out his impressive résumé.

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  • In 2001, he became the youngest city councilman elected in San Antonio history at 26 years old.
  • In 2009, he was elected mayor of San Antonio and was re-elected in 2011 and 2013.
  • In 2012, he gained national attention for being the first Latino to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina.
  • In 2014, Obama asked him to be the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and served until 2017.
  • It’s also important to mention that his twin brother Joaquín Castro is currently a U.S. Representative, and his parents are both Chicano activists. He is also married to a school teacher and has two kids.

So what are people saying about this possible run, which could lead to the first Latino president?

He hasn’t even started his campaign and people are already lining up to join his team. That’s what you call excitement.

He’s getting high praise from popular social justice advocates.

Castro certainly has the leadership experience and name recognition needed to get people interested.

People understand he’s a strong candidate.

Our politics are saturated with issues and moments that impact and highlight the lives of the Latino community. A Latino presidential candidate would further prove the importance of one of the fastest growing communities in the country.

Congresswoman-elect Veronica Esobar understands what Castro can bring to the table.

Newly elected politicians see a future in Castro and his leadership. We are witnessing a change in the two major parties in the U.S. and Castro’s bold stances could be what the Democratic party is looking for.

Some have been following his political career for years.

Timing is always crucial in running for any office. While so many wanted Castro in 2016, now could be his time to shine.

He’s always been fighting for the entire country.

While his focus may have been in Texas, working under Obama certainly taught him a lot. It was his first experience making decisions that impacted the American people as a whole.

Representing the Latino community will be important in the 2020 presidential race.

“I’m also very mindful, especially now for the Latino community, that there’s a particular meaning to my candidacy,” Castro said, according to the Huffington Post. “We can’t go through the 2020 cycle with nobody on that stage because of what’s happened over the last couple of years.”


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Julián Castro: The One Presidential Candidate Taking A Strong Stand For Migrants At The Border

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Julián Castro: The One Presidential Candidate Taking A Strong Stand For Migrants At The Border

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Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro, 44, has emerged as one of the most vocal leaders when it comes to border decriminalization. Similar to other Democratic presidential hopefuls, Castro has advocated for unauthorized entry into the U.S. to be decriminalized. Under the current law, it’s a misdemeanor the first time an individual illegally crosses the border into the U.S., a crime that carries up to six months in prison. Castro and fellow Democratic candidates are calling for that misdemeanor to be a civil offense instead of a criminal offense. But Castro wants to take it one step further and would like to see criminal reentries to be decriminalized as well.

The former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary during the Obama administration says that Congress should repeal the law that makes it a felony to reenter the U.S. after being deported. 

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Castro has long made the argument that Congress should separate immigration enforcement from the criminal justice system. One of the biggest reasons behind this stance is the way the Trump administration has used this to systematically separate migrant families. 

“I’d like to see those being treated as a civil matter,” Castro told the HuffPost. “I don’t believe in criminalizing desperation.”

It’s currently a misdemeanor for a person to illegally cross the border their first time but it becomes a felony if caught crossing two or more times. If found guilty of illegal reentry or entering illegally after being deported, a person can be punished by up to two years in prison. Sentences of up to 20 years can be handed down to those with prior crimes.

Castro feels that the current immigration laws give too much power to the White House over migrants.

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Castro saw firsthand last year the power that the Trump administration has when it comes to enforcing immigration laws. He says the separation of families at the border is an abuse of power by the White House and there has been a building hostility toward migrant communities since President Trump took office.  

“The terrible way that this administration has treated people over the last two years has prompted many of us to thoroughly think through the best way to respond to a broken immigration system and to make sure that children and families are not treated the same way in the future,” Castro told HuffPost. He says by revoking both laws criminalizing border-crossing violations would “close off every opportunity that any future administration may have to exercise such cruelty.”

Beyond just decriminalization, Castro wants to create a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who “live, work, and raise families” in the U.S., according to his campaign’s immigration platform. Another controversial move for Castro is wanting to change Trump’s cutback in refugee admissions, stop the 287(g) agreements between ICE and local law enforcement that produces more illegal immigrant arrests, and end ICE altogether. 

Many aren’t too happy about Castro’s stance as some see it as advocating for open borders. 

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While most of the Democratic presidential candidates have called for the decriminalization of unauthorized crossings, the idea has been lambasted by some from both the left and right. Critics reason that Castro’s proposed policy change would only attract more illegal immigration, worsening the crisis at the U.S. border.

“It annoys me to no end when these politicians start throwing out these facile solutions,” Sarah Saldaña, the former director of ICE in the Obama administration, told the  Dallas Morning News. “You have it on the books and either you exercise your prosecutorial discretion or not, but at least it’s a tool in your toolbox.”

But Castro doesn’t agree that his policies will lead to open borders or lack of law enforcement when it comes to illegal immigration. He says we already have enough enforcement at our borders with advanced technology at our disposal.

“Nobody’s talking about open borders,” Castro said last Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press. “We have 654 miles of fencing, we have thousands of personnel at the border, we have planes, we have helicopters, we have guns, we have boats, we have security cameras. …That’s just a right-wing talking point.”

READ: Julián Castro Did Not Hold Back When Democrats Debated Immigration During The First Debate

Don. Jr. Said Kamala Harris Wasn’t Black Enough And Democratic Presidential Candidates Are Not Having It

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Don. Jr. Said Kamala Harris Wasn’t Black Enough And Democratic Presidential Candidates Are Not Having It

The Internet has been interrogating Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-Calif.) blackness since she announced her bid for presidency. The Oakland-born daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants has been told she’s not Black enough because of her South Asian ancestry. Now, expert on all things blackness Donald Trump Jr. is questioning her race, suggesting she’s not “Black American” because her family hails from outside of the US.

In a now-deleted tweet, Don. Jr. wrote “Is this true? Wow,” to a tweet claiming that Harris isn’t really Black.

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“Kamala Harris is *not* an American Black. She is half Indian and half Jamaican. I’m so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself) of our history,” wrote Twitter user Ali Alexander, who appears to be a right-wing operative and conspiracy theorist named Ali Akbar, or Ali Abdul Razaq Akbar.  

With Don. Jr.’s retweet, the original racist message went viral, with numerous people coming for the candidate and her blackness on the Internet. According to the Huffington Post, even bots helped magnify the tweet.

But Harris has also witnessed a lot of defense from people who, despite their politics or support of the contender, are calling out the ignorance and anti-blackness in the debate around her race. Many of her sympathizers are also her challengers in the Democratic Primary.

On Instagram, fellow presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was the first to come to Harris’ defense, even criticizing tech companies for not doing more to prevent social media attacks.

“The attacks against @KamalaHarris are racist and ugly,” Warren tweeted.” We all have an obligation to speak out and say so. And it’s within the power and obligation of tech companies to stop these vile lies dead in their tracks.

Former Vice President Joe Biden compared the assault to those made against his BFF Barack Obama. 

“The same forces of hatred rooted in ‘birtherism’ that questioned @BarackObama’s American citizenship, and even his racial identity, are now being used against Senator @KamalaHarris. It’s disgusting and we have to call it out when we see it. Racism has no place in America,” he tweeted.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro kept it 100 by calling the onslaught a racist attempt to delegitimize a powerful woman of color. 

“These disgusting and racist attacks are part of a right-wing effort to delegitimize an accomplished and powerful black woman. Senator Harris has lived an American dream story, and we shouldn’t give voice to those attempting to undermine it,” the Mexican-American politco tweeted.

Still, no candidate’s response has garnered as much attention and praise than that of Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who used an expletive to fire back at everyone disputing Harris’ blackness.

“.@KamalaHarris doesn’t have shit to prove,” the presidential candidate said in the now-viral tweet.

Cory Booker also came to her defense as well.

He’s right.

As many of us in the Latinx community know — though we, too, have our own undeniable anti-blackness that must be confronted and challenged regularly — Black isn’t synonymous to African American. Black folk are present all over the world, including the Caribbean, where Harris’ father is from, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the US and more. Harris, a Black woman born and raised in the US, is a Black American woman who is just as much a member of the African diaspora as she is the Indian and Caribbean diasporas. All of these identities can co-exist, and they do, not just for her but for numerous Black folk living in the country.

To repeat, Harris and others whose blackness is denied because it doesn’t fit neatly into the US’ simplistic and unworldly racial dichotomy doesn’t have to prove — here’s another curse word — fuckin’ shit.

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