Julian Castro in June Democratic candidates debate in Miami FL


On Abortion: I believe in reproductive freedom and reproductive justice

Q: All of you on stage support a woman's right to an abortion. You all support some version of a government health care option. Would your plan cover abortion?

CASTRO: Yes, it would. I don't believe only in reproductive freedom, I believe in reproductive justice. What that means is that just because a woman is poor, doesn't mean they shouldn't have the right to exercise that right to choose. And so I absolutely would cover the right to have an abortion. More than that, everybody in this crowd and watching at home knows that in our country today, a person's right to choose is under assault in places like Missouri, in Alabama, in Georgia. I would appoint judges to the federal bench that understand the precedent of Roe v. Wade and will respect it. And in addition to that, make sure that we fight hard as we transition our health care system to one where everybody can get and exercise that right.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (first night in Miami) Jun 26, 2019

On Civil Rights: Racial and social justice as important as economic justice

Q: How would you mobilize Latino voters?

Sen. Amy KLOBUCHAR: My life and my work in the Senate has been about economic opportunity.

Q: What Senator Klobuchar is describing there, an economic justice agenda, is that enough to mobilize Latino voters to stand with the Democratic Party?

Secretary Julian CASTRO: I also think that we have to recognize racial and social justice. I'm proud that I'm the only candidate so far that has put forward legislation that would reform our policing system in America and make sure that no matter what the color of your skin is, that you're treated the same, including Latinos who are mistreated too oftentimes by police.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (first night in Miami) Jun 26, 2019

On Civil Rights: Pass ERA to ensure equal rights & equal pay for women

Q: What would you do to ensure that women are paid fairly in this country?

A: I would do several things, starting with something we should have done a long time ago, which is to pass the Equal Rights Amendment finally in this country. And also pursue legislation so that women are paid equal pay for equal work in this country. It's past time that we did that. If we want to be the most prosperous nation in the 21st century, we need to make sure that women are paid what they deserve.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (first night in Miami) Jun 26, 2019

On Environment: Executives must deal with disasters in sustainable way

My first visit after I announced my candidacy wasn't to Iowa or New Hampshire. It was to San Juan, Puerto Rico. When I was mayor of San Antonio, we moved our local public utility, we began to shift it from coal-fired plants to solar and other renewables, and also created more than 800 jobs doing that. When I was HUD secretary, we worked on the National Disaster Resilience Competition to invest in communities that were trying to rebuild from natural disasters in a sustainable way.
Source: June Democratic Primary debate (first night in Miami) Jun 26, 2019

On Foreign Policy: We need a Marshall Plan for the Northern Triangle

If I were president today, I would sign an executive order that would get rid of Trump's zero-tolerance policy, the remain-in-Mexico policy, and the metering policy [limiting the number of asylum claims].

On day one, I would do that executive order that would address metering. And then I would follow that up in my first 100 days with immigration reform that would honor asylum claims, that would put undocumented immigrants, as long as they haven't committed a serious crime, on a pathway to citizenship.

And then we'd get to the root cause of the issue, which is we need a Marshall Plan for Honduras and Guatemala and El Salvador so that people can find safety and opportunity at home instead of coming to the United States to seek it.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (first night in Miami) Jun 26, 2019

On Gun Control: Dems can get common sense gun reform in 2021

I believe that, on January 20, 2021, at 12:01 p.m., we're going to have a Democratic president, a Democratic House, and a Democratic Senate. We may not have seen yet legislative action, but we're getting closer. The House took a vote. In the Senate, the question often is, if the decision is between 60 votes, a filibuster, or passing commonsense gun reform, I'm going to choose commonsense gun reform. So I believe that we're going to be able to get that done in 2021.
Source: June Democratic Primary debate (first night in Miami) Jun 26, 2019

On Immigration: Get rid of metering asylum applicants at the border

Q: Oscar Martinez and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria, died trying to cross the river to ask for asylum in this country. Your thoughts?

A: Watching that image of Oscar and his daughter, Valeria, is heartbreaking. It should also piss us all off. If I were president today, I would sign an executive order that would get rid of Trump's zero-tolerance policy, the remain in Mexico policy, and this metering policy is basically what prompted Oscar and Valeria to make that risky swim across the river. They had been playing games with people who are coming and trying to seek asylum at our ports of entry. On day one, I would do that executive order that would address metering. And then I would follow that up in my first 100 days with immigration reform that would honor asylum claims, that would put undocumented immigrants, as long as they haven't committed a serious crime, on a pathway to citizenship.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (first night in Miami) Jun 26, 2019

On Immigration: Get rid of section 1325: stop criminalizing desperation

My plan includes getting rid of Section 1325 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, to go back to the way we used to treat this when somebody comes across the border, not to criminalize desperation, to treat that as a civil violation. We see all of this horrendous family separation. They use that law, Section 1325, to justify under the law separating little children from their families. I want to challenge every single candidate on this stage to support the repeal of Section 1325.
Source: June Democratic Primary debate (first night in Miami) Jun 26, 2019

On Principles & Values: Estoy postulando por presidente de los Estados Unidos

Me llamo Julián Castro, y estoy postulando por presidente de los Estados Unidos. [My name is Julian Castro, and I'm running for president of the United States].

The very fact that I can say that tonight shows the progress that we have made in this country. Like many of you, I know the promise of America. My grandmother came here when she was 7 years old as an immigrant from Mexico, and just two generations later, one of her grandsons is serving in the United States Congress and the other one is running for president of the United States.

If I'm elected president, I will work hard every single day so that you and your family can get good health care, your child can get a good education, and that you can have good job opportunities, whether you live in a big city or a small town. And on January 20, 2021, we'll say adios to Donald Trump.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (first night in Miami) Jun 26, 2019

The above quotations are from NBC News, "Decision 2020," the Democratic candidates debate,
live from the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center in Miami, Florida, June 26-27, 2019..
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