Updated 02:00 PM EDT, Thu, Oct 21, 2021

Julian Castro Urges Latinos to be More Politically Involved; Wishes for a Hispanic U.S. President

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Julian Castro, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, urged Latinos to join the political conversation.

In an interview with Fox News Latino, Castro said that now is the perfect time for the Hispanic community to empower itself.

"From writing letters to participating in civic organizations that deal with public policy issues, [Latinos have to] make their voice heard," the 41-year-old politician told the news outlet. "The No. 1 thing is to remain engaged, consume the news, talk about it, make your opinion heard."

GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has long aired out his tough stance on immigrants and the Mexican border, but Castro insisted that the business mogul's fame is about to be over soon.

"Donald Trump is getting a lot of attention now; I don't believe that's going to last through the entire cycle," Castro said, as quoted by Fox News Latino.

He continued that the Hispanics' influence in politics is growing, and that "it's just a matter of time" before a Latino president will occupy the White House, the news outlet wrote. When asked if he has someone in mind for America's commander-in-chief position, Castro didn't name names and rejected the idea that he is running for the Democratic presidential race.

Castro is the Mexican-American son of a single mother who's a Latino rights activist, Fox News Latino noted. He has a law degree from Harvard and served as the mayor of San Antonio, Texas for three terms (2009-2014). Castro's twin brother, Joaquin, is a congressman who represents a huge part of San Antonio.

Donald Trump Backs Out of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Event

Trump backed out of a question-and-answer session with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recently and opted to appear at a rally in Nevada instead. Ammar Campa-Najjar, a spokesman for the organization, said that Trump's move "only deepens our community's already-negative perceptions of him," The Washington Times reported.

Trump has been making tirades against immigrants and the Hispanic community ever since he announced his presidential bid, and even referred to them as rapists and criminals.

USHCC's statement said that Trump's "decision to forfeit the Q&A session was motivated by the concern of being 'put on trial,'" and that cancelling his appearance suggests that Trump himself "believes his views are indefensible before a Hispanic audience," NPR noted. Trump initially agreed to the Q&A session earlier in September at a meeting in NYC with the organization's president, Javier Palomarez.

Trump's campaign told NPR that the Republican hopeful is still committed to reaching out to Hispanics "in more genuine and productive ways," NPR added.

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