Immigration reform is at the forefront of the 2020 Presidential election, and Democrats are working diligently to present a plan that constituents can endorse.
Julian Castro, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has been driving his message since announcing his Presidential run, expressing that the right move to an effective and efficient immigration plan is to not only reform the immigration system but to also create a humane border policy and also establish a 21st century “Marshall Plan” for Central America.
In a tweet, Castro slammed President Trump for promoting “the lie that immigrants present a threat to national security.” He explained that “this lie has allowed Trump & others to demonize and attack immigrants for political gain.” And, he assured that his “’People First’ immigration plan would overhaul enforcement in this country.”
Our immigration enforcement system is built around the lie that immigrants present a threat to national security. This lie has allowed Trump & others to demonize and attack immigrants for political gain. My #PeopleFirst immigration plan would overhaul enforcement in this country. https://t.co/2IN5nfYYJs
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) April 17, 2019
However, immigrants are carefully vetted in order to ensure that nobody coming into the country poses a threat to national security, so Castro’s claim of the President lying is definitely something that will be questioned as the election season draws closer.
In Castro’s plan, he continues to distance himself from President Trump’s hard line views on immigration, instead choosing to take what he calls a more “humane” approach.
For example, ICE has been under attack during Trump’s term, and Castro is calling to reconstitute the agency.
What this means is that Castro would be “splitting the agency in half and re-assigning enforcement functions within the Enforcement and Removal Operations to other agencies, including the Department of Justice.”
Castro calls this necessary because “there must be a thorough investigation of ICE, Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Justice’s role in family separation policies instituted by the Trump administration.”
Castro has vehemently criticized the President, and time will tell if President Trump will respond to Castro as he’s done with Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.