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Presidential candidate Castro talks climate change, border security, raising minimum wage

Julian Castro, a presidential candidate in 2020, speaks at the Politics and Eggs event in New Hampshire. (Photo: NBC News / pool)

Presidential candidate and former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro offered a glimpse at what he would do if he wins the 2020 election while speaking to voters at an event in New Hampshire on Wednesday.

"As president, my first executive order will recommit the United States of America to the Paris Climate Accord, to ensure that we play a leadership role when it comes to combating climate change and embracing sustainability," he said.

Castro said green jobs are one of the fastest growing sectors in the country, proving the nation does not have to choose between jobs and protecting the planet.

As for immigration, Castro criticized the Trump administration for the separation of families at the border, saying there is a "humane way to deal" with the millions of undocumented immigrants currently in the country.

"We don't have to make a false choice between border security and compassion. We don't have to make a false choice between scapegoating immigrants and making sure our country is safe."

Another initiative, he said, would be to raise the national minimum wage, which hasn't been raised in 10 years.

Castro spoke extensively about his time in San Antonio, touting his success in launching Pre-K 4 SA and his outreach efforts as a former secretary of Housing and Urban Development.


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