Immigration was in the emotional political center since Donald Trump dropped off the escalator at Trump Tower to declare himself the candidate to stop Mexico from sending rapists and murderers to destroy us country. On Thursday night, former HUD secretary Julián Castro has sought to immigrate the center of his presidential campaign at a CNN town hall in Washington, DC.
But most immigration has been politically driven as a symbol . A candidate talks to six candidates Trump as metonymy for the elite betrayal of boundary security promises. For Democrats, the wall became a symbol of ignorance and demagoguery of the president. The actual rules of concern usually take a back seat on that symbolism, as will be seen in the continuing destruction if the ongoing project replaces old fence fence segments with newer and more secure fencing does or does not constitute "wall construction." [1
In the town hall, immigration is a very focal theme. Castro's first inquiry was in immigration, and he used the story of his grandmother's immigrants to explain his personal story. In doing so, he clearly declared a claim to prioritizing immigration reform as president, saying "the lesson from 2009 to 2010 on immigration reform we can not wait."
But Castro did not actually withdraw the details of his immigration plan. He failed to explain how this was different from Barack Obama's approach, or to expose philosophical foundations behind his vision. (Read Medium Stages from Marielena Hincapié's National Immigration Law Center and unreliable partner with founder Ezra Levin if you want to know how to plan Castro's plan.)
Instead, the former HUD secretary was expanded in a wide-ranging material theme, this country has been blessed by immigrants in recent years "and" we can have a safe border but people also treat people as basic people. "
This is all the music in most Democratic ears during these times, which means Castro was small to help himself out of the pack. He put on a job to build a detailed and somewhat modern immigration plan and then much less to say about it.
Castro is more impressive in talking about his work
One of Castro's unique possibilities to be self-pigeonhole himself as an immigration candidate is his former job not really involved in the immigration policy.
Since the previous work, as the mayor of San Antonio and then Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, were chief executives In the branch, he has a note of personal made by a group of objects as a contrast to the small army of backbenchers of the House and Senate he runs against. He focuses on a tough question about HUD's sales of distressed mortgages with some broad-minded thinking about affordable housing, citing that this issue is not in the presidential agenda for generations but very hard now.
"Today in big cities and small cities with affordability crisis" has become a big applause.
He later spoke with a great passion about his work as mayor in creating one of the earliest universal pre-K programs of the country, presenting a relevant research mandate and a rather unique view of priority of early childhood investment in higher education.
In response to a climate change question, he spoke on broad terms about the Green New Deal and clean energy investments but also got the grain, citing a billion dollar competition of the National Disaster Resilience which he oversees.
It is evident that no calamity is not an issue with the highest voting on anyone in 2020, but there is something very refreshing about looking at a politician to talk about certain real things created and demonstrated fluency in the way the government actually works.
A foreign policy advisor
Foreign policy has almost zero role in the 2020 campaign today, but it is one of the largest responsibilities of the president, and perhaps the place where the president is Congress can not stop. It's worth talking about and Castro – with his credit – made.
These are most general rules, which are reflected in the importance of building up human rights and building alliances. But he also contended with specific terms for reorienting US priorities towards the Western Hemisphere.
"The military became more powerful in China and economically," he studied "so now we need friends more than ever."
Mexico's president Andrés Manuel López Obrador called on Castro a "21st Century Marshall Plan" in Latin America, citing it as a potential cure for the flood of refugees from Central America and more broadly as a way of building a massive and prosperous unity among neighboring neighbors that will help build the US against the rise of China's power.
This vision is less well-known than Castro's discussion of his ideas on internal policy, but this is an interesting concept and a useful addition to the debate.
Waiting for his moment
Castro is part of a huge cast of characters struggling to emerge from a big pack.
His bet, evidently, is focusing on immigration as a subject topic policy to re-show his Latino identity is his best path for doing that. But he really is his most wonderful when he speaks about the policy issues he has worked on in concrete ways – generally related to the linked housing, education, and economic themes development.
A better strategy might be to try to talk more about the things he's best equipped to talk about rather than about the things he thinks he's giving the best tactical opening.