In a Saturday morning speech at San Antonio's Plaza Guadalupe, Castro denounced President Donald Trump's immigration policies-including his demand for billions of dollars in border wall funding that's produced the longest government shutdown in US history-and his charaterization of refugees from Central and South America arriving at the Southern border as "a national security crisis".
Two senior Democratic politicians have announced that they will challenge for the U.S. presidency in 2020.
In his announcement speech, Castro called for Medicare for all, alleviation of college debt, reform of the criminal justice system, housing affordability and reforms to the immigration system.
"There is a crisis today". It's a crisis of leadership.
Castro said he wants to lead the, "healthiest, the fairest and the most prosperous nation on earth".
Julian Castro may already be behind in the polls, but no matter-he's boldly running for president.
He made the announcement as a government shutdown dragged into the longest in USA history, and as the field of 2020 contenders widens and anticipation grows around bigger names still considering runs. John Delaney, a former congressman from Maryland, launched his presidential bid in 2017, and Sen.
Acknowledging that his run for the White House was a long shot, as a growing number of high-profile Democrats are expected to enter the race, Castro referred to his hometown of San Antonio.
Castro is getting an early start in trying to stand out.
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James Kuffel, the township's lone constable, said he knows nearly everyone in the area but has never encountered the Pattersons. She had escaped on foot from a remote cabin where she had been held against her will after her parent's murder.
Should Castro win the Democratic nomination and eventual presidency, he would become one of the youngest Americans to ever hold the White House, and he would be the first Hispanic to do so.
At a time when the federal government has been partly shut down as Trump demands funds to build a wall on the Mexican border, Castro sounded a contrasting message. "And the cruel policies of this administration are doing real harm and damage", added Castro, who is the grandson of a Mexican immigrant and would be the first Latino president.
"Yes, we must have border security, but there is a smart and humane way to do it".
Launching his bid under the slogan "One nation, one destiny", he said: "We say no to the construction of the wall and yes to the construction of communities".
"Mine is an immigrant story", Castro said in his NBC News interview. Castro, who was referring to his twin brother U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, then repeated his candidacy in Spanish. "And there is no way in hell that caging children is keeping us safe", Castro said.
Castro was born into a well-known activist family.
National Democrats, looking to develop young Hispanic leaders and make inroads in that critical election demographic, began mentioning Castro as a budding star.
Castro delivered the keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Obama picked him to be housing secretary in 2014. He was also famously considered a frontrunner to be former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's running mate in 2016, but she ultimately went with Senator Tim Kaine.
Castro launched an exploratory committee for a potential campaign on December 12, citing a platform built on opportunity, education, housing, health care, immigration and the environment.
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