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Julian Castro And America’s Future–A Journey We Now Begin

January 12, 2019

Julian Castro, who served as Housing and Urban Development secretary under former President Obama, announced he is running for president in 2020.

“I’m running for president because it’s time for new leadership, because it’s time for new energy and it’s time for a new commitment to make sure that the opportunities that I’ve had are available to every American,” he said. 

I find Castro to be smart, likable, and earnest.  Keep eyes on this man.

Castro, who could end up being the only Latino in what is shaping up to be a crowded Democratic field, made immigration a centerpiece of his announcement in his hometown of San Antonio, less than 200 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.

“There are serious issues that need to be addressed in our broken immigration system, but seeking asylum is a legal right. And the cruel policies of this administration are doing real and lasting harm,” he said.

He argued for securing the border in a “smart and humane way.”

Julián Castro’s story, as he tells it, began in 1922, when his grandmother Victoriana, known to him as Mamo, crossed over the Mexico-United States border as a little girl and planted herself in this country. Mamo and her sister, María, were orphaned during the Mexican Revolution and distant relatives in San Antonio took them in. Mamo had one child, Castro’s mother, Rosie, who was the first in her family to go to college and became a civil rights activist. Later, Castro and his twin brother, Joaquín, would tread almost identical paths: from public schools in San Antonio to Stanford University, then from Harvard Law School into politics. Julián eventually served as Barack Obama’s secretary of housing and urban development.

Castro is getting an early start in trying to stand out. His first trip as a candidate comes Monday, to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, where an outcry has begun as the White House considers diverting disaster funding to pay for the wall.

One Comment
  1. Zoltar Speaks! permalink
    January 12, 2019 1:48 PM

    I think he’d be a good candidate; however, he need to stop spouting off with this kind of absolute nonsense “the cruel policies of this administration are doing real and lasting harm” especially in relation to illegal immigration or he’ll drive critically thinking independents far, far away.

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