Julian Castro, a Democratic White House hopeful and former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, is well-known for his far-left policies about immigration and the crisis at the United States’ southern border. He is a firm believer in decriminalizing illegal crossings into the nation and strongly opposes deportation, illegal re-entry laws, and even the use of the word “alien” or “illegal alien.”
However, it appears he didn’t always believe in such policies. And in fact, just a few short years ago, he voiced an opposing opinion that is much more in line with what the Trump administration is trying to achieve.
This came to light on Sunday while he was speaking with “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan.
She said, “I want to ask you about immigration, which you have made a part of your campaign focus. When you were Mayor of San Antonio, you testified before Congress and you called for increased border security measures and you praised the Obama administration’s action.”
What? Increased border protection and immigration policies are precisely what he claims to dislike about Trump the most. He even personally blamed President Trump for the deaths of a father and daughter who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande into the US.
Brennan proceeded to play a clip of his congressional testimony from 2013: “In Texas, we know firsthand that this administration (Obama’s) has put more boots on the ground along the border than at any other time in our history, which has led to unprecedented success in removing dangerous individuals with criminal records.”
She then asked him, “Why did you praise that policy then when the Trump administration adopts similar language and policies, you’re hypocritical of them?”
Castro responded that he had not changed and that his viewpoints on the issue have remained consistent.
Really? It doesn’t sound very consistent. It seems as though he is backtracking quite a bit.
Instead of making himself sound contradictory, he says he was actually talking about something else.
“I talked about people who committed serious crimes, dangerous criminals. I haven’t changed at all.”
He added, “If there are people who have committed serious felonies in the United States who are immigrants or who come to the border, I have always consistently said that – that those people should be apprehended, that they should be deported. So, I haven’t changed that at all.”
Part of that may be genuine. He may not like the idea of criminals entering the US. And yet “boots on the ground along the border” don’t only stop the “dangerous criminals,” do they?
They arrest everyone. There is no way for those “boots” to know who is dangerous and who isn’t. They don’t have a list, let alone description, of people that are going to cross the border that day and which of those are convicted criminals.
However, this stands in direct opposition to his stance on decriminalizing border crossings. Just as “boots on the ground” don’t just stop criminals, neither does the decriminalization of border crossings only allow ‘good’ citizens in.
It will enable everyone to have free, unlimited, and utterly legal access to a nation and government that is not their own, whether they respect the laws and abide by them or not.
He and every other liberal who agrees with Castro is foolish to think that this will mean less crime within our borders.
He went on to say, “What’s different about this administration is that this administration has weaponized the law to cruelly separate little children from their parents.”
He says, “Look, I’ve been consistent. I don’t have any issue with maintaining a secure border. We’re always going to do that. What I have an issue with is separating little children from their parents.”
And yet thousands of children were separated from their parents at the border under Obama’s administration as well. Only then, for whatever reason, Castro was not only not hypocritical of them, he was supportive, singing Obama’s praises, in fact.
So tell us again, what makes Trump’s immigration policies so much worse?
It appears much has changed indeed, in the past six years since Castro spoke before Congress. Or maybe it all happened at once, on the night of November 8, 2016, the night Donald Trump was elected as President of the United States.