Julian Castro jumps into 2020 Democratic presidential fray

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Castro was San Antonio's mayor for five years and us housing secretary in President Barack Obama's second term.

The US government remains locked in a partial shutdown, soon to begin its fourth week, over Trump's demand for US$5.7 billion in border wall funding.

He made the announcement during the longest government shutdown in USA history, and as the field of 2020 contenders widens and anticipation grows around bigger names still considering runs.

In a Saturday morningspeechat 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 characterization of refugees from Central and South America arriving at the Southern border as "a national security crisis". He also said that he disagrees with the administration's goal of detaining families together as they seek asylum or refugee status, saying that other approaches such as using ankle monitors are more humane and can be effective to track people who enter the USA and are awaiting court proceedings. (I'd say) these words: "I am a candidate for president of the United States of America", he said. Besides immigration, his platform so far highlights Medicare for all, universal access to a prekindergarten education and higher taxes for corporations and wealthier Americans to generate funds for domestic needs. "Yeah, we have to have border security", he said. John Delaney, a former congressman from Maryland, launched his presidential bid in 2017, and Sen.

"There is no way in hell that caging babies is a smart or a right or good way to do it. When my grandmother got here nearly 100 years ago, I am 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 here with you today to say these words - I am a candidate for President of the United States of America". Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, that she plans to run. By his side was his family, including twin brother Rep. Joaquin Castro, also a Texas Democrat.

Mark Jones, a political analyst at Rice University in Houston, who has followed Castro's career, says despite this, his chances of securing the nomination in what is certain to be a crowded field are slim at best.

Castro would be the first identical twin elected president.

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The 44-year-old is the first Hispanic candidate to enter the race for the White House, joining Massachusetts Sen. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who narrowly lost a Senate bid a year ago, is also weighing a run and has been on the rise in very early polls.

Castro formed an exploratory committee in December.

He might not even be the frontrunner in his home state, which became immersed with Betomania in 2018 when Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke ran a solid campaign for U.S. Senator against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.

The two were born into a politically active family.

"I know that the press work hard and that they are the friend of the truth in this country", Castro told the media at his event. During Castro's trip this past week to Nevada, one state Latino business leader told Castro that he should again be a top contender for vice president if his campaign falls short.

Castro, however, may not be the only Texan in the race.