Former San Antonio mayor
- born Sept. 16, 1974, San Antonio, Texas
- graduated Stanford University 1996, Harvard Law School 2000
- San Antonio mayor 2009-2014
- U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017.
Castro on impeachment:
“I believe that the best thing for the country would be not only impeachment but removal,” Castro told NPR.
Slogan: One Nation. One Destiny.
Former HUD secretary would provide Medicaid For All, including undocumented immigrants by taxing wealthiest “0.05, 0.5 or 1 percent” of Americans and corporations.*
His number one priority as president: overhauling the US healthcare system.
He supports abortion rights. Castro has said abortion should be legal, including after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
As secretary, he implemented a 2016 ban on smoking in public housing.
“I believe that we need to recoup the millions of people that have already lost.”
He backs renewing the ban on assault weapons that expired in 1994.
Castro said he also supports universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole, banning high-capacity magazines and preventing people who have committed domestic violence from buying firearms.
“I support things like gun buybacks,” he told the Washinton Times in April.
Immigration/child-parent separation, detention and border wall
His campaign is focused on immigration reform.
Ex-mayor supports a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US.
Candidate opposes President Trump’s plan for a border wall.
He would split ICE’s enforcement and national security functions and would reverse the Trump administration’s bans on Muslim immigrants.
The candidate would repeal Section 1325 that makes it possible to separate immigrant parents from their children. Immigration, he said, should be a civil, not criminal, issue.
As president, DHS (Department of Homeland Security) would stop signing agreements with local law enforcement agencies.
Immigration courts would no longer be under the direction of U.S. attorney general.
Castro, as president, would increase refugee admissions, reunify families separated at the border and allow deported veterans who served in the U.S. military to return to the United States.
Economy/minimum wage/income inequality
Former Obama administration HUD secretary has called for undoing Trump’s 2017 tax package. *
He supports raising the national minimum wage to $15/hour.
The candidate would apply federal income and payroll taxes to inheritances worth more than $2 million over a recipient’s lifetime.
He would hike capital-gains tax from 20% to 40% for earners making $400,000 a year or more. Also, he would tax the capital gains of the richest one-tenth of 1 percent of asset holders, whose assets are worth about $40 million.
He called for a universal child credit of $3,000 per child for every family.
Castro would cap the amount families pay for childcare at 7%.
He supports expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit to include non-working elderly grandparents and adult children who are disabled.
“At a time when wealth inequality is through the roof and wages are flat, [President] Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are hell-bent on lining the pockets of the wealthiest few,” Castro said.
Education/student debt/free tuition
In 2012, the then-San Antonio mayor launched a full-day pre-K program of free and low-cost early education for 4-year-olds by raising sales tax 1/8th of a cent.
He calls for eliminating tuition at public colleges, universities, community colleges and technical and vocational schools.*
He proposed a federal tax credit to boost teacher pay of up to $10,000 per year, based on how many students in the schools where they teach qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Castro also proposes student loan repayment based on income levels, delaying payments until a borrower is earning at least 250 percent of the poverty level and pay just 10 percent of their salary.
He also seeks to repeal policies allowing teachers to arm themselves.
* Borrowers would also be able to have their loans forgiven, tax-free, after 20 years of payments, under Castro’s plan. He is also pitching an end to public funding of for-profit colleges.
Castro has called for a “21st century Marshall Plan” for Central America.
He supports lending support to both Israel and Palestinians.
The candidate says it’s time for the US to withdraw from Syria on a planned timeline.
He criticized President Trump’s sudden announcement of a potential withdrawal as “not the way it should be done,” according to PBS.
In April, the candidate called for the legalization of marijuana and for communities to expunge the conviction records of low-level offenders.*
But as HUD secretary, a 2014 memo clarified that owners of federally assisted housing facilities are required to deny entry to people who use marijuana, even for medical purposes, in accordance with state law.
*“On top of [legalization], we need to go back and expunge the records of people who were imprisoned because of using marijuana.”
Castro voiced support for the Hong Kong protesters.*
The candidate also supports a gradual withdrawal of US troops from Syria, adding that it should be done in a more methodical way than the Trump administration proposed.
China is using its economic power to silence critics—even those in the U.S.
The United States must lead with our values and speak out for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong, and not allow American citizens to be bullied by an authoritarian government. https://t.co/87U4jgsAAp
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) October 7, 2019
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