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Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro on Thursday rebuffed criticism from former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson of Castro’s proposal to decriminalize unauthorized border crossings.

Castro said that Johnson’s suggestion that doing so would be tantamount to having open borders echoed a “right-wing talking point.”

The article goes on to state the following:

Asked during a presidential candidate town hall hosted by the League of United Latin American Citizens what he thought of Johnson’s so-called friendly fire, Castro said the criticism was “obviously not friendly.”

Castro claimed that until “about 2004” crossing the border illegally was only treated as a civil violation, not a criminal violation, and claimed that his policy is not “open borders,” as the US has some border fencing and Border Patrol agents on the border.

He also stated that it shouldn’t be considered criminal, because those crossing the border are turning themselves in to Border Patrol after they cross over.

Castro re-tweeted the following post from a Texas lawmaker, who agreed with his stance:

Thursday night, Castro confirmed he would not detain illegal aliens. He wrote, “I am not going to make policy out of fear. I’m going to make policy for the people who need a voice now. I’m going to make sure that no future president can weaponize Section 1325 to lock up families seeking asylum in this country.”

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