Rep. Joaquin Castro (D),who represents Texas’ 20thcongressional district, and is the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, is focused on negotiating with President Trump and Republicans to prevent another government shutdown.
The deadline to avoid another shutdown is February 15th, but the Congressman noted that what’s important to him in regards to a deal is that “there isn’t more wall built and more detention beds that are added for ICE.”
In an interview with HISPOLITICA, Congressman Castro was asked if Democrats would reach some type of compromise, agreement with President Trump that would entail partial funding for the wall.
In response, Castro asserted that Democrats are “in favor of comprehensive immigration reform,” and that in 2013, the congress “had an opportunity” to do so.
“The Senate passed comprehensive reform and then it came to the House and the Speaker didn’t put it on the floor for a vote, said Castro.
Castro also said Democrats “would’ve certainly negotiated at that time,” adding, “but right now I haven’t seen anything that he’s (Trump) offered that would make me think that we’re willing to offer that.”
Aside from his work in Congress, Castro is helping his his twin brother Julian Castro, who is one of the many Democrats that have thrown their name in the ring to make a run for the Presidency in the upcoming 2020 Presidential election.
“Not elaborating on too much at the moment,” said Castro, noting that he’s the chair of the campaign, and is focused on “helping out as much as possible.”