Apr 3, 2019

Castro calls for end to Trump's "draconian" immigration policies

Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro has launched a far-reaching immigration reform policy. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro told MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" Tuesday the U.S. needs immigration and if President Trump's policies aren't reversed, the nation may end up "begging" for migrants.

Several of the industries in this country benefit already from their labor. We need a young and vibrant workforce. ... immigrants seeking refuge in our country aren’t a threat to national security. "

The big picture: Castro's comments came as he launched his far-reaching "People First" immigration reform policy. The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who served under then-President Obama, told Maddow he wants to return to treating immigration treating immigration as a civil issue, rather than a criminal one.

"We should decriminalize people who are coming here, crossing the border. ... We need to end detention. I don't think we should be putting people in cages. We need to increase the number of refugees that we take into this country. ...
"The truth is, immigrants seeking refuge in our country aren’t a threat to national security. Migration shouldn’t be a criminal justice issue. It’s time to end this draconian policy ..."

The other side: For the president, the issue is very much a security one. Trump said earlier Tuesday shutting the southern border was "going to have a negative impact on the economy," the New York Times reports. "[But] security is more important to me than trade."

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know so far

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Milwaukee Molson Coors brewery complex on Wednesday, including the shooter, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

What's happening: Police said "there is no active threat" just before 6 pm ET, but noted the scene remains active. Police chief Alfonso Morales told reporters that officers have "more than 20 buildings we have to secure" at the complex and they do not currently have all employees accounted for, as more than 1,000 were at the complex during the shooting.

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Live updates: CDC confirms possible community spread of coronavirus

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

U.S. clinicians have found the novel coronavirus in a person who did not recently return from a foreign country nor have contact with a confirmed case, the CDC said Tuesday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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Trump assigns Pence to lead U.S. coronavirus response

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President Trump announced at a press briefing Wednesday evening that he'll be putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of leading the administration's response to the coronavirus.

The big picture: In the wake of a market sell-off and warnings from health officials that there's a real threat of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., Trump sought to reassure the nation and Wall Street that the U.S. is "ready" for whatever comes next.

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