Presidential candidate and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is in Las Vegas.
He joined a local “DREAMer moms” group for lunch at a community restaurant. He talked with the DREAMers and their parents about his plans for immigration reform.
“The president and I couldn’t disagree more about the value of immigrants in our country,” Castro said.
DREAMer Astrid Silva says the landscape has changed for DACA recipients like her under the current administration.
“A few years ago, the uncertainty was ‘are we going to get our papers or not?’ And now the uncertainty is literally ‘am I going to come home today?,’ SIlva said.
Castro says the president is fear mongering. He says there’s no reason to focus on a border wall, instead of other immigration reforms.
“This border is as secure as it ever has been,” Castro said. “We can make sure that it continues to be secure. However, we can also be compassionate to the families who are here and just want to be able to provide for their family and to work and to contribute to this country.”
“He doesn’t even belong in this field,” said Michael McDonald, Nevada GOP Chairman.
McDonald, a Trump, calls Castro unqualified to be president saying Castro’s resume and message on immigration are off-base.
“It doesn’t resonate in nevada, we’re especially working with the president on major issues dealing with immigration,” McDonald said.
Castro and McDonald have two opposing views on what will be one of the major issues in the 2020 presidential election.
The candidate visits continue Friday when California Senator Kamala Harris will be in Las Vegas for a town hall at Canyon Springs High School.