Obama's former housing chief Julian Castro joins 2020 campaign

Obama's former housing chief Julian Castro joins 2020 campaign

The former mayor of San Antonio and HUD secretary under President Obama officially announced his candidacy Saturday, framing it in the context of immigration: "When my grandmother got here [from Mexico] nearly a hundred years ago, I'm sure she never could have imagined that just two generations later, one of her grandsons would be serving as a member of the United States Congress and the other would be standing with you here today to say these words: I am a candidate for President of the United States of America", he told supporters in his hometown of San Antonio, per USA Today. His twin brother, Joaquín Castro, is the Democratic congressman for Texas's 20th district.

Strategically, he reminded the crowd about his powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

"As the former mayor of the fifth-largest city in the country and cabinet secretary, there is no doubt in my mind that Secretary Castro has the right temperament and experience to be president of the United States", Allred said. Families from Mexico, but also families from Germany and other countries.

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Asking for an America that is the "smartest, healthiest and fairest" nation on Earth, Castro touted his support for universal health care; pre-kindergarten for all, based on a program he sponsored as mayor of San Antonio; affordable higher education, justice and immigration reform, and more attention on combating climate change.

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Castro would be the first identical twin elected president. Obama picked him to be housing secretary in 2014. Although he was eventually passed over for Sen. "And that is what has compelled me to think about running".

Castro, 44, will face a crowded field packed with powerhouse names. When the former mayor filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, he had to hand write in an accent over "a" in Julián, a fact that Castro and his team have held up as proof that he is already changing the system.

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". The venue was blocks from Castro's childhood home and across the street from where he was baptized. Bernie Sanders, the 2016 runner-up to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination for president, have far greater standing with voters than Castro. "I'm proud to call myself a son of San Antonio". "Today, this community represents America's future".

"There are no frontrunners born here, but I've always believed that with big dreams and hard work, anything is possible", he said. "We say no to scapegoating immigrants, and yes to 'Dreamers, ' yes to keeping families together". If he had a disappointment, he said, it was that is grandmother, who died when he was younger, could not be there to see him.

Castro's dreams, he hopes, won't be deferred much longer.

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