Joaquin Castro: impeachment official fought Trump over immigration

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WASHINGTON – Representative Joaquin Castro, Democrat of Texas, made no secret of his desire to see President Trump step down: he has been one of the most vocal critics of the president’s immigration policy and has voted to impeach him the first time.

Now, Mr. Castro, a Harvard-trained attorney who sits on the Intelligence Committee, will be part of the prosecution of Mr. Trump as the impeachment official in the Senate trial.

In his remarks in the House Wednesday ahead of Mr. Trump’s impeachment vote, Mr. Castro described the attack on Capitol Hill and then asked his fellow lawmakers: ‘What do you think they would have done if they were entered? What do you think they would have done to you? And who do you think sent them here?

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He concluded that impeachment was the only option.

“If inciting a deadly insurgency is not enough to remove a president, then what is it?” Said Mr. Castro. “We all need to answer this question today.”

A native of San Antonio and second-generation Mexican-American, Mr. Castro served in the Texas Legislature before winning a candidacy for a Congressional seat in 2012. Appointed by his peers as president of the freshman class at the Congressman in 2013, Mr. Castro quickly secured a place on the Intelligence Committee and in leadership roles in the Hispanic caucus.

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As a committee member in 2019, Mr. Castro participated both in the initial closed-door hearings during Mr. Trump’s first impeachment inquiry, and then in public questioning of witnesses before the drafting of the articles of commission. in charge. He also sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Mr. Castro, who led the Hispanic caucus at the 116th Congress, strongly opposed Mr. Trump’s immigration policies, leading numerous delegations to the southwest border and condemning what he called the policies cruel and dehumanizing.

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Mr. Castro’s identical twin brother Julián Castro ran for the Democratic presidential nomination with his support in 2020. After Julián Castro dropped out, Mr. Castro endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts before supporting Joseph R. Biden Jr.

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