Castro claims debate night victory


Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders stood out during the CNN debate by pushing their individual and very progressive policies, but former HUD Secretary Julian Castro claiming victory, even though he was not on the debate stage.

Castro’s campaign is saying that the secretary’s “policy leadership dominated the discussion between candidates” during the first debate, adding that the candidates touched on many of Castro’s specific issues like decriminalizing border crossings and implementing reparations for African Americans.

According to the campaign, the following Castro issues were all-but co-opted by the field of candidates. Castro will be debating in the second debate against Vice President Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, to name a few candidates.

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Immigration Platform
Secretary Castro led the field in

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unveiling a bold and comprehensive immigration policy that included

rescinding Section 1325 of the Immigration and Nationality Actand treating entry into the United States as a civil rather than a criminal violation. This measure created the pathway for many of the most egregious Trump administration immigration practices including family separation.

Ten Democratic presidential candidates have since joined Secretary Castro in calling for the repeal of the provision, a central component of his ‘People First Immigration’ plan.

The repeal of Section 1325 would alter how the federal government views migrants entering the United States, treating them as people and families in search of a better life who can contribute tremendously to the fabric of our nation and economy instead of a threat to our national security.

Secretary Castro’s immigration reform plan includes creating a more just and compassionate border policy and establishing a 21st century Marshall Plan for Central America to re-engage our Latin American partners and address the root causes of migration.

Following its release, Secretary Castro’s comprehensive plan was

widely praised by activists, journalists, policy experts, and voters.

Lead Platform
Secretary Castro was the

first 2020 candidate to visit Flint, the location of the infamous public health emergency stemming from a major lead contamination in the local water supply.

Secretary Castro’s

plan aims to eliminate lead exposure and poisoning as a major health threat by significantly increasing resources to identify and remediate lead hazards, ensuring local, state, and federal governments are able to respond to any future lead emergency, strengthening lead poison prevention efforts and providing increased resources for families already impacted by lead poisoning.

Secretary Castro has

called for reparations for the descendants of slaves.

Secretary Castro supports legislation by fellow Texas Democrat Rep. Sheila Lee Jackson to have a commission craft a reparations plan. Additionally, a commission or task force would be created to look into all possible ways to provide reparations and determine the best course of action.

America has never fully addressed the sin of slavery – and because of this America has never truly healed as a country. It is time to move our country forward and help it to heal.

Secretary Castro’s

People First Education Plan would make a new commitment by the federal government to see that every student has access to a quality education – from pre-K through college and beyond.

The People First Education Plan aims to close the pre-K access gap, making high-quality preschool universal for 3-and 4-year-olds across the United States through a nationwide ‘Pre-K for USA’ program. Additionally, the plan focuses on expanding opportunities for students, creating affordable pathways to success after high school, and supporting teachers, including increase in pay.



Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning South Florida-based political journalist owns Diverse New Media, Corp. which publishes,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming and biking. He ran as a Republican in the 2018 congressional primary race in Florida's CD 22. Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at Email him at