Dem pol Julian Castro: Put ankle monitors on illegal aliens rather than detain them

Dem pol Julian Castro: Put ankle monitors on illegal aliens rather than detain them
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[Ed. – The monitors are not that hard to remove. Next idea.]

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.

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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.”

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