Julián Castro
Julián Castro
Former HUD Secretary

Julián Castro was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama administration. Previously, he served three terms as Mayor of San Antonio, Texas.

Unions and Workers

Supports a $15 federal minimum wage, and has walked the picket line with fast food workers demanding a $15 an hour, the right to join a union, and safe workplaces free from sexual harassment and violence.

Attended the National Forum on Wages and Working people on April 27.

Healthcare

Supports universal health coverage and has endorsed Medicare for All.

Immigration

Was the first candidate to propose a detailed immigration plan. His plan includes a roadmap to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, revamping the visa system to better facilitate family reunification, strengthening labor protections for guest workers, ending criminal prosecution (but not deportation) of persons who enter unlawfully, eliminating for-profit immigration prisons, ending wall construction, restoring rights and humane treatment of asylum seekers, and establishing a “21st Century ‘Marshall Plan’” to address the root causes of migration from Central America.

Climate Change

Supports the Green New Deal, which seeks new investment in clean-energy infrastructure and policies to directly address climate change.

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Castro Attacks Biden’s Healthcare Plan

In the Democratic debate, Castro argued that his healthcare plan for universal coverage fulfilled the true Obamacare legacy while attacking Biden, saying that the former Vice President didn’t remember his own description of his inadequate healthcare plan. Biden defended himself saying Castro got the facts wrong.

Castro Releases His Climate Plan to Achieve Net-Zero Emissions By 2045

Castro unveiled his climate plan that targets net-zero emissions by 2045 and by 2030, aims for a 50 percent greenhouse gas reduction.

Castro Connects Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric to El Paso Shooting

Castro called out Trump's rhetoric regarding immigrants in the wake of the El Paso shooting, saying, “as our national leader, you have a role to play in either fanning the flames of division or trying to bring people together.”

Castro Discusses Policies to Address Racial Inequity

Speaking to attendees at the NAACP Convention, Castro outlined his approach to issues related to racial inequality, including investments in communities of color to combat crises such as the contamination of Flint’s water system, criminal justice reform, and legal strategies to combat white supremacy organizations.

Castro Says Medicare for All System Allows People to Keep Their Private Insurance

Castro said he believed in a Medicare for All system involves the option of private insurance. "If somebody wants to have a private health insurance plan that they're happy with, that is a solid, strong plan, I believe they should be able to hold on to it," he said.

Castro Calls for Repeal of Law Making Reentry after Deportation a Felony

Saying, “I don’t believe in criminalizing desperation,” Castro called on Congress to repeal the law that makes it a felony to reenter the U.S. after deportation, doubling down on his push to separate immigration enforcement from the criminal justice system.

Castro Joins Workers Fighting for $15 and a Union

Castro joined McDonald’s workers striking for higher wages, better working conditions, and the right to unionize.

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