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Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro on Sunday said he would prefer to track illegal immigrants using ankle monitors rather than detaining them.
The former Obama administration housing chief and former mayor of San Antonio made the comments while discussing how he would deal with the increase in migrant families crossing the southern border illegally, should he win his party’s nomination for president in 2020. Castro on Saturday officially launched a 2020 White House bid.
“What I believe we could do and what the Obama administration did do, I believe, toward the end of its tenure, was to look at things like ankle monitors so that you’re able to monitor where people are in the country,” he said during an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation” when asked what he would do with illegal immigrants in lieu of detention or deportation.
Castro, the grandson of a Mexican immigrant, said that he didn’t consider detaining family units seeking asylum or refugee status to be a viable policy option. He also hit back at President Trump’s categorization of the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border as a “crisis,” describing it instead as a “tragedy.”
“We also need to be serious about recognizing the right of people to seek asylum, and the president is playing games with this, blocking people’s right to seek asylum. I would change that,” he said. “I would make sure that we push as hard as possible for comprehensive immigration reform, so that for the people who are already here, if they’ve been law abiding, if they pay a fine, that they can get an earned path to citizenship.”
The practice of strapping GPS monitors on illegal immigrants apprehended for unlawful entry who then claim asylum or some other status has been approved by Congress for almost two decades, according to the Associated Press. The bracelets were used frequently during the Obama administration and are part of a policy that has carried over to the Trump presidency. Trump administration officials, however, argue the effectiveness of the monitors wanes if an immigrant’s application is denied because they can easily be removed.