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USA: Democratic presidential candidates discuss Latino and other issues at LA forum

0 18.11.2019 Инфо

W/S US Democratic Presidential Forum on Latino Issues at California State University, Los Angeles *NO SOUND AT SOURCE*
M/S Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg arriving, California State University *BUG AT SOURCE*
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SOT, Pete Buttigieg, Democratic presidential candidate: "Well I think in order to win and in order to deserve to win, it is so important to connect with diverse voters and in particular in California, I'm looking forward to continuing to engage with the Latino community. Latino voters that I speak to are extremely concerned about healthcare, about the direction of our economy, about immigration policy. And about something that's deeper than any individual policy issue, which is the way that people are being treated, singled out and told that they do not belong in this country. I believe we have a crisis of belonging, fuelled by the behaviour of this president. But in many ways something that's going to require us at every level of our society to deal with. And I'm running to be the president who can stand up in the rubble of what will be left after the Trump presidency comes to an end." *BUG AT SOURCE*
M/S Audience *BUG AT SOURCE*
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SOT, Bernie Sanders, Democratic presidential candidate: "What we are seeing under president Trump is a very significant increase in this country in hate crimes. Hate crimes against Latinos, hate crimes against people in the gay community, transgender community, African-American community. Antisemitism, against the Jewish community. And that is what happens when you have a leader in this country who talks about hatred, talks about trying to divide us up. And talks about white nationalists being, maybe, good people. What we need is to change the discussion from the White House in America, away from dividing us up, away from racism, away from sexism, away from homophobia, to understanding that we are all in this together." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* *BUG AT SOURCE*
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SOT, Julian Castro, Presidential candidate: "We need to break up ICE. As folks will remember, ICE was created post 9/11 in the 2002, 2003 timeframe. And so there's nothing sacrosanct about ICE. I would break up ICE, I would separate Homeland Security investigations unit, and then put some of the enforcement aspects of it into the Department of Justice. About two years ago, it was very telling. There were 19 employees that worked for ICE, that wrote a letter that was unprecedented. It said that ICE is not working, that it's broken. Now I used to lead a federal agency, I have never heard of 19 individuals who were working in the department at that time saying that this whole agency is broken. That it is not working the way that it should. It is broken. I think culturally it is broken, I think that in the way they do enforcement they have gone off the rails, I would reform our enforcement, break it up and redo our approach. Yes, we are going to have enforcement of our laws, we are always going to have enforcement of our laws. But we can do it in a smarter, more humane and more effective way than ICE." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* *BUG AT SOURCE*
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SCRIPT
Five of the Democratic presidential candidates took part in a presidential forum focusing on Latino issues at Los Angeles' California State University on Sunday.
One of the candidates, Julian Castro commented on the US customs and ICE: "culturally it is broken, [...] that in the way they do enforcement they have gone off the rails" adding that he would "reform [the] enforcement, "break it up and redo" their approach.
He assured that there would "always" be enforcement of US laws but that it can be done "in a smarter, more humane and more effective way than ICE."
"Latino voters that I speak to are extremely concerned about healthcare, about the direction of our economy, about immigration policy. And about something that's deeper than any individual policy issue, which is the way that people are being treated, singled out and told that they do not belong in this country," said Pete Buttigieg, who believes the US has "a crisis of belonging, fuelled by the behaviour of this president [US President Donald Trump]."
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stated hate crimes against "Latinos, hate crimes against people in the gay community, transgender community, African-American community. Antisemitism, against the Jewish community," has gone up since 2016 with crimes targeting Latinos increasing by 41 percent.
"That is what happens when you have a leader in this country who talks about hatred, talks about trying to divide us up. And talks about white nationalists being, maybe, good people," added Sanders.
Other candidates participating were hedge fund manager and philanthropist Tom Steyer as well as Senator Kamala Harris. During the forum a panel of journalists questioned the candidates on their policies and views while conversations were moderated by ABC7 anchor Marc Brown.