Updated Apr 11, 2019 - Politics & Policy

In Texas, Trump talks tough immigration policy, Castro compassion

Julián Castro says he hasn’t yet reached 65,000 donors, which is one of the criteria used to qualify for the first Democratic debates.

Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro. Photo by Edward A. Ornelas/Getty Images

Hours after President Trump said during a visit to San Antonio he'd "have to call up more military" at the southern border Wednesday, 2020 Democratic hopeful Julián Castro at a rally in the city called the administration's immigration policies an "absolute failure."

Details: Trump made the comments before a closed-door fundraising dinner. Castro said at a rally later "we choose compassion over cruelty," according to the Texas Tribune. "I see my grandmother in the faces of the little children separated from their parents," he said. Castro has struggled to make an impact in a crowded Democratic field and has yet to reach 65,000 donors — a qualification requirement for the first Democratic debates.

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