2020 Dem Who Supported Obama Immigration Policies, Attacks Trump for Same Ones
Julián Castro also personally blamed Trump for migrant deaths
2020 hopeful Julián Castro’s first debate performance fell flat on its face as he dropped behind Buttigieg, O’Rourke and even Andrew Yang after he attacked President Donald Trump's immigration policies.
Castro ventured far left when he raised his hand when the candidates were asked whether illegally crossing should be decriminalized.
He went on to blame Trump personally for a father and daughter who were found dead after trying to cross the Rio Grande.
According to the latest RealClearPolitics average shows Castro at 1 percent, below candidates like Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Cory Booker of New Jersey.
On his “Face the Nation” on Sunday, he was to asked to account for the fact he didn’t always believe in what he was proposing.
“When you were mayor of San Antonio you testified before Congress, and you called for increased border security measures, and you praised the Obama administration’s actions,” host Margaret Brennan said.
But then she played a clip from his testimony:
“In Texas, we know firsthand that this administration has put more boots on the ground along the border than at any other time in our history which has led to unprecedented success in removing dangerous individuals with criminal records,” he said in 2013.
“Why did you praise that policy then but when the Trump administration adopts similar language and policies you’re hyper critical of them?” Brennan asked.
But Castro attempted to backtrack by arguing he alluding to another issue:
“If you listen to what I said in that clip, I talked about people who committed serious crimes, dangerous criminals. I haven’t changed at all,” Castro said.
“If there are people who have committed serious felonies in the United States who are immigrants or who come to the border, I have always consistently said that — that those people should be apprehended, that they should be deported. So I haven’t changed that at all.”
The question is, how do “boots on the ground along the border” stop “dangerous individuals with criminal records?”
And are those “boots on the ground” predisposed of specialized knowledge as to what individual crossing the border has committed a serious offense?
Castro seems to be talking about keeping people out of here, not kicking them out.
But now he wants to decriminalize border crossing, that is a big jump from what he said six years ago.
“What’s definitely different in this administration is that this administration has weaponized the law to cruelly separate little children from their parents. Look, I’ve been consistent.
"I don’t have an issue with maintaining a secure border. We’re always going to do that. What I have an issue with is separating little children from their parents.”
Brennan did not ask him to elaborate on this line.
Castro called Trump once called “the biggest identity politician that we have seen in the last 50 years” saying he “he engages in what’s known as racial priming. Basically, using this language and taking actions to try and get people to move into their camps by racial and ethnic identity.”
Castro's answers should outline who American voters are dealing with.
According to The Daily Caller report: He also called for the repeal of the law that makes illegal reentry to the country a felony.
And when it comes to deporting violent criminals who are here illegally, he wasn’t necessarily prepared to give a definitive answer to that during the same 2013 hearing.
“If we have someone here who is here illegally, and not one of those hard-working people, but someone who is a member of a violent criminal gang, should we be prepared to deport them before they commit a criminal act, or should they also have a path to citizenship?” a Republican representative asked him.
“With regard to the hypothetical of people who might commit a crime or might not commit a crime, you know, I readily concede that I am not in law enforcement, I am not a technical expert in that regard, but I do believe that folks who have committed a violent crime should be deported,” Castro said.