Background on the candidate’s statements, positions, and record on diplomacy, global development, and America’s role the world

On U.S. global leadership:

  • A former Mayor of San Antonio and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julián Castro has made responding to the border crisis central to his vision for U.S. foreign policy, calling for “a 21st century Marshall Plan for Central and Latin America” saying that strong partnerships with these countries is “to their benefit and our benefit.”
  • He has focused on climate change as a global challenge and pledged that as president he will “recommit the United States to the Paris climate accord.”

On diplomacy and global development:

  • Secretary Castro has voiced support for robust American diplomacy and development, calling for America to “harness the peacemaking functions of our government” including ”USAID, our diplomatic corps.”
  • Calling it “one of the biggest challenges that we face today,” he has spoken up on how “many ambassadorships have gone unfilled around the world” and called for change because “if we are better about avoiding conflict… that’s better for our military personnel.”
  • He has called for the creation of a “new refugee category called ‘Climate Refugees’ for people who have been displaced because of migration due to climate change.”

On alliances:

  • Secretary Castro has said he would work with America’s global allies stating that “The first thing that I would do if I were president with regard to our relationships around the world is to strengthen them, because those alliances have helped keep us safe.”

On aid to the Northern Triangle:

  • Secretary Castro has proposed prioritizing diplomacy and development tools to confront the root causes driving migration from the Northern Triangle, suggesting that these investments should focus on “stabilizing” these nations.
  • In his immigration policy proposal, he stated: “Making investments in our southern neighbors boost U.S. economic growth, strengthens global relationships and helps ensure that all people can find the safety and stability they seek in their home countries.”
  • He has voiced concern on cutting foreign aid to the Northern Triangle region saying that it “will exacerbate the problem” and later tweeting that it is a “recipe for disaster.”

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