Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro said crossing the border without permission should not be a crime in an interview with 'CBS This Morning' on Wednesday. The candidate said he believes President Trump has been using migrants as a "political pinata" in his campaign and his feelings about the Fourth of July extravaganza the president has planned for Thursday.
Castro also criticized President Trump's plan to celebrate the Fourth of July in Washington.
"Instead of addressing something like veteran homelessness, he's spending it on boosting his ego with a parade that’s fundamentally about him... what a waste of money," Castro said.
Castro on "decriminalizing" illegal border crossings:
ANTHONY MASON, CBS ANCHOR: You're in favor of decriminalizing border crossings. If you do that, how do you have a secure border?
JULIAN CASTRO, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, two things. Number one, decriminalizing but they're still part of a court process, it's just a civil process. That's the way that way we used to do it from the late 1920s to about 2004. So this is not something radical. This is the way we used to handle it. Secondly, we have 654 miles of fencing, we have thousands of border personell. We have planes, we have helicopters, we have guns, we have security cameras, we have boats. We have a border that is being secured and we can maintain security but we ought to do is use compassion and common sense and not cruelty. And what you see there, those images that you see, that's not who we should be. That is evidence of a dark heart of cruelty of this administration that I think is unbecoming of this country.