Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) is knocking 2020 Democratic hopeful Julián Castro’s immigration plan to “decriminalize” entry for people coming into the U.S. illegally, as the U.S.-Mexico faces a growing situation at the border.
Castro unveiled his “People First” immigration policy on Tuesday which would give millions of immigrants a path to citizenship and treat illegal immigration as civil, not criminal, according to Castro’s blog.
“The truth is, immigrants seeking refuge in our country aren’t a threat to national security. Migration shouldn’t be a criminal justice issue,” he wrote on the page. “It’s time to end this draconian policy and return to treating immigration as a civil — not a criminal — issue.”
According to Dallas News, Castro’s campaign news release read:
“Most notably, the plan would reverse a Bush-era practice that prioritizes treating entry into the United States as a criminal, rather than civil, violation–a provision that has sanctioned many of the most egregious Trump administration immigration practices, such as family separation. This bold vision would change the way the United States government views migrants entering our nation — not as threats to our national security, as prescribed by antiquated policies of previous administration — but rather as people and families in search of a better life who can contribute tremendously to the fabric of our nation and economy.”
“Great idea Castro, way to look out for American citizens,” Crenshaw joked. “Sigh.”
The Texas Republican plainly pointed that Democrats “are the party of open borders. Period.”
“The crisis at our border is being described as in a ‘free fall,'” Crenshaw added. “We need to fix it, not give up.”
He thanked Castro for the “suggestion,” but said the GOP “will take it from here.”
Great idea Castro, way to look out for American citizens. Sigh.
Dems are the party of open borders. Period.
The crisis at our border is being described as in a “free fall”. We need to fix it, not give up.
Thanks for the suggestion Julian, we will take it from here. https://t.co/5X1aTMLEty
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 2, 2019
Castro also distanced himself from President Donald Trump’s apparent “cruel” policies, writing on Medium, “It’s time our nation’s immigration system reflect the collective values that we all share — equality, fairness, justice, and compassion.”
“It’s time that we recognize that protecting our borders and treating immigrants with compassion are not mutually exclusive,” he added.
Republican National Committee spokesperson Christiana Purves said that Castro’s immigration policy to “decriminalize” immigration into the U.S. illegally is dangerous and poses a threat to United States’ security, according to Dallas News.
Purves continued to slam Democrat 2020 candidate Beto O’Rourke, who is also making immigration reform a key issue in his 2020 run, and Castro for their calls to “decriminalize illegal border crossings in their home state of Texas,” which she claimed shows “just how out of touch they are with voters in their own state.”
“The crisis at our southern border does not need to be amplified with their dangerous policies that would increase human trafficking and drug smuggling, and weaken our border security,” Purves said.
Trump threatened he’d close the southern border if need be, but, as White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday, it’s “not the path the president wants to take, but [Democrats are] leaving us with no choice because they’re unwilling to work with us to fix the problem.”
However, the president hasn’t made a decision on whether he will close the southern border as he said Tuesday, “We’re going to see what happens over the next few days.”