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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.
Julian Castro to LULAC, responding to fmr DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson over decriminalizing border crossing: “Open borders are a right-wing talking point…[details present enforcement measures at border]…It makes no sense to make policy based out of fear–political fear.”
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) July 11, 2019
“Open borders are a right wing talking point,” Castro said, adding that “it makes no sense to make policy based out of fear, political fear.”
— Nidhi Prakash (@nidhiprakash) July 11, 2019
Castro re-tweeted the following post from a Texas lawmaker, who agreed with his stance:
— Joe Moody (@moodyforelpaso) July 11, 2019
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.”
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. #LULAC2019
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) July 12, 2019
— Daniel Newhauser (@dnewhauser) July 11, 2019
At the @LULAC Unity Luncheon, @JulianCastro speaks of his mother, a “Chicana hell-raiser” — “her son is now here, asking for your vote for President of the United States” #LULAC2019 pic.twitter.com/jMwYeZ8hk2
— Natalie Montelongo (@natimontelongo) July 11, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) July 11, 2019
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