SAN ANTONIO – Democratic presidential hopeful Julian Castro on Wednesday welcomed to his hometown the man he hope to challenge for the White House next year with a backhanded slap at the administration’s immigration policies.
"San Antonio prides itself on its culture, its hospitality, and its diversity, the opposite of what Donald Trump stands for," the former mayor and Obama administration Cabinet secretary said in a news release before the president arrived as part of two-city visit to Texas.
Actually, Castro was nowhere near Trump, but was planning an evening campaign event near downtown that he billed as a "People First Rally" that he hopes draws attention to his underdog bid for the presidency.
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The rally caps a busy week for the Democrat struggling to distinguish himself in a crowded field of hopefuls. Already, fellow Texan Beto O’Rourke and a cadre of sitting U.S. senators and other present and former officeholders have entered the race.
Castro joined the presidential race in January. He has been campaigning in several states, including a weekend trip to delegate-rich California, to boost both his profile and his fundraising. He remains short of the required 65,000 individual donors needed to make the Democratic debate stage in June.
"People First" is the name Castro chose for his recently announced immigration policy that he’s using to contrast with the hard line Trump has taken to stem the tide of immigrants coming the U.S.-Mexico border.
The former secretary of Housing and Urban Development said his plan would "create a more just and compassionate border policy, and establish a 21st century Marshall Plan for Central America to re-engage our Latin American partners."
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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