Julián CastroFormer 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.
Supports universal health coverage and has endorsed Medicare for All.
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.
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 released a criminal justice platform focused on prevention and opportunity by investing in housing, education, job training and foster care reform.
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 unveiled his climate plan that targets net-zero emissions by 2045 and by 2030, aims for a 50 percent greenhouse gas reduction.
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.”
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 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.
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.