Telemundo Buries Julian Castro

MRC Latino | November 16, 2019
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JULIO VAQUEIRO: Now y-- you're the only Latino in the race. Why do you think so many Latinos are supporting other candidates instead of you?

JULIAN CASTRO: Well, I think a couple reasons. My name ID is not as high as it is for some of the other candidates. Also-- in such a crowded field, it's very f-- the support of every community is very fractured. And I need to go, and I need to earn it. I need to go show it. You know? I'm not taking the Latino community for granted. Just because I'm Latino, I don't think that I'm gonna get, you know, all the-- all of the Latino votes. But I believe that as I get out there to the Latino community, that I'm gonna draw good support in the community.

JULIO VAQUEIRO: No, but this should be your moment, right? I mean, your story with immigration and race in th-- front and center of the debate. Shouldn't your story be more-- it should resonate more-- with-- with the voters, shouldn't it?

JULIAN CASTRO: Well, it's not over yet. We still have over three months until the Iowa caucus. And-- you know, of course, the majority of the voting is gonna happen in the spring of-- of 2020. And so we're working as hard as we can to make sure that I make inroads, not only in places like Iowa, that we're here in now, but-- all over the place. And in the Latino community.

JULIO VAQUEIRO: You've said that you wanna break ICE down. You wanna break the a-- agency in-- in two. Right? And you wanna strip some of its powers. How would that help the crisis that undocumented immigrants are going through?

JULIAN CASTRO: Because I believe that the-- the ICE as an organization is run amok. It has an attitude of cruelty. It has an attitude of excess in terms of how it treats many of the people that-- that ICE interacts with. I would like to break up ICE, and to return homeland security investigations to its own division, and then to put most of the enforcement into the Department of Justice. ICE is a relatively new agency. It only came about-- after 9/11. And we can do better. We're always gonna have enforcement. But that enforcement can be reasonable, and can follow common sense instead of cruelty.

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