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We Have A Latino Running For The Presidency In 2020 And It Is Texan Julian Castro

After months of speculation, Julián Castro officially announced he would be running for Ppesident in the 2020 election. Castro was the secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2014-2017 under the Obama Administration and prior to that, he was mayor of his hometown of San Antonio from 2009-2014. At his campaign announcement, Castro said he would be running on a platform for better education, healthcare reform, and improvements to the immigration system.

For now, at least, Castro can enjoy the distinction of being the only Latino in the Democratic field.

The grandson of a Mexican immigrant and son of a Latina activist, Castro brings with him years of leadership and an agenda that has gotten the support from many in the Democratic party. While there have been previous Latino candidates that have run for president, Castro is one of the most high-profile and accomplished Latino Democrats ever to seek the party’s nomination.

“You give me your support, and I give you my word: I will spend every day working hard to make sure you can get a good job, find a decent place to live, have good health care when you get sick and that your children and grandchildren can reach their dreams, no matter who you are or where you come from,” Castro said at his campaign announcement.

Castro has embraced his underdog role in the Democratic race as he’s done most of his political career.

At the age of 26, Castro became San Antonio’s youngest City Council member, and after a failed campaign for mayor in 2005, he was elected as mayor in 2009. Three years later, he spoke at the Democratic National Convention and would later be chosen by President Obama to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2014.

Castro has embraced his underdog role and has credited his upbringing in San Antonio that taught him a lot about perseverance. In an interview with the New York Times last month, he spoke about what it means to be doubted in the political world.

“In my whole life, I don’t think I’ve ever started out as the front-runner,” Casto told the New York Times. “I grew up in a neighborhood where nobody growing up there was the front-runner at anything. So I’m not going to concern myself with who people think of as the front-runner and who they don’t.”

Just days after his announcement bid, Castro visited Puerto Rico to address the still lingering effects of Hurricane Maria.

Castro chose Puerto Rico as his first destination as a presidential candidate on Monday. He addressed concerns that President Trump is considering diverting funds for Puerto Rico’s recovery for the wall he wants to build along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Just the other day the president and his administration talked about taking money earmarked for Puerto Rico recovery and instead investing in [a border wall],” Castro said at the Latino Victory Fund (LVF) summit. “To do so is completely objectionable, immoral and should never happen.”

Castro has been very vocal against the Trump administration’s policies against immigration and environmental issues. He has vowed to make both issues some of the key items on his agenda if elected President.

Many on social media are excited to see Castro throw his hat in the race for President in 2020.

Whether Castro gets the nomination or not, he is making many people proud just by announcing his presidential bid. It’s not everyday a Latino gets to say “I’m running for President of the United States.”

Castro is running a relatable campaign and people love his underdog mentality.

While some see Castro’s bid as a long shot, it hasn’t stopped people from embracing him and his “no gimmicks” attitude. If Castro is to win the presidential bid, he would become the third-youngest person ever to become president. Whatever happens from now until the next summer’s primaries should be interesting for Castro but one thing is for sure. He has already guaranteed a Latino will be part of the presidential race in 2020.


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Texas Republicans Are Recruiting An ‘Army’ of Poll-Watchers To Go Into Black and Brown Precincts To ‘Fight Voter Fraud’

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Texas Republicans Are Recruiting An ‘Army’ of Poll-Watchers To Go Into Black and Brown Precincts To ‘Fight Voter Fraud’

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The GOP’S voter-suppression tactics in Georgia have been gripping the nation. But now, the media is also turning its attention to other voter-suppression tactics in the rest of the country. Now, Texas Republicans are taking the heat.

According to Common Cause Texas, Texas Republicans are planning on recruiting thousands of volunteers create an “election integrity brigade”. They want the “brigade” to go into Black and brown neighborhoods in Houston and “fight voter fraud”.

A Texas GOP presentation was leaked that outlined plans to send an “army” of poll-watchers to Black and brown precincts.

“I’m trying to encourage and recruit, as a precinct chair, about 30 people in my precinct who will have the confidence and courage to come down in here…,” said an unnamed GOP official, pointing to majority non-white urban areas, “…in these areas where we really need poll-workers. Because this is where the problem is occuring.”

“So me finding poll-watchers out here, it helps, but it’s a pretty safe precinct”. He said this while pointing to majority-white Houston neighborhoods.

The video inspired outrage among people who saw these tactics as blatant attempts to suppress the voting rights of POC.

“The impetus for releasing [the video] right now is there are some bills in the legislature that seek to empower poll watchers in some really scary ways,” said executive director of Common Cause Texas, Anthony Gutierrez, to NBC News. “And also at the same time, take away the power of the presiding judge at the poll site from being able to remove a disruptive poll watcher.”

“It’s very clear that we’re talking about recruiting people from the predominantly Anglo parts of town to go to Black and Brown neighborhoods,” said Gutierrez to The Washington Post.

“This is a role that’s supposed to do nothing but stand at a poll site and observe,” he added. Why is he suggesting someone needs to be ‘courageous’?”

This “election integrity brigade” comes on the heels of a problematic election bill the Texas Senate just passed.

According to NBC News, the bill “bans overnight early voting and drive-thru early voting” and also “empowers partisan poll watchers.”

“It’s part of the intimidation, the confusion, the antics that (the Republican Party) has engaged in for so many generations that culminated in President Trump asking people to overturn the election,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo to CNN.

“What they’re doing is filing bills that are essentially a poll tax that weaponize the election system against our own voters,” she continued. “And what they’re proposing is absolutely tragic and reminiscent of the worst of what we’ve seen in Texas and across the South since Reconstruction.”

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are at it again on Twitter. This time it’s about immigration policy. After recently traveling to the US-Mexican border to underline the recent rise in immigration, Cruz accused AOC of pushing for a “full open borders” policy.

And of course, AOC got him with some solid zingers.

AOC in turn hit back at Cruz for recently fleeing his home state of Texas during its power grid collapse to vacation in Cancún.

In response to Cruz’s attack, AOC suggested Mexico avoid allowing Cruz in the next time he attempts to vacation there. She also called on him to resign from office for his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of hypocritically attacking the current administration’s detention of migrant children at the border after they supported President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

Currently, Democrats like AOC are calling on Biden to impliment more liberal immigration policies.

Republicans have strongly expressed their dislike for the recent rise in migrants which has come as a result of Biden’s reversal of Trump’s most rigid border policies.

AOC is currently a co-sponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution. The resolution calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a Roadmap to Freedom “in order to overhaul the outdated immigration system in the United States that has gone without significant reform for decades, and to relieve the great human impact an unjust system bears on communities around the country.”

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