Julián Castro, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, discussed his ad that hits President Donald Trump for his stance on immigration and blames him for the shooting in El Paso, TX.
Castro said Thursday that Trump enforcing the public charge rule, which would decrease the amount of immigrants living in the country that are dependent on the government, shows he wants “a nation in his own image.”
“I think this policy is just terribly misguided and that the real agenda behind it is that Donald Trump just wants a nation in his own image,” Castro told CNN “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota. “He wants to keep certain people out, only let certain people in. And this is not the spirit we should move forward with.”
Castro also defended immigrants who come to the United States needing government assistance.
“[Public charge rule] relates to people who are legal immigrants here who have a visa and impacts their ability to get a green card to become a permanent resident and therefore on a pathway to citizenship,” he stated. “Why does this matter? It matters because number one, they’re legal immigrants and they’re paying taxes to this country. They’re working hard.”
Castro continued, “Secondly, all of us have family members, wherever you’re from, whether you’re from Ireland, Mexico like my family, India. Wherever you’re from, you can tell stories of family members that came here with almost nothing. But they had a strong work ethic. And they were willing to do the hard work that it took to make a better life for themselves and for their children and grandchildren.”
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