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Immigration, healthcare take center stage with party leaders in town

Posted at 11:07 PM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 09:21:08-04

President Trump gives up the fight for a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Instead, he is asking departments and agencies to share data related to the number of citizens and noncitizens in the country, which is something they already count.

"As shocking as it may be, far-left Democrats in our country are determined to conceal the number of illegal aliens in our midst," said Trump.

The Supreme Court ruled against the Census question last month, saying the Trump administration did not provide an adequate reason why the question was necessary.

Trump will be in Milwaukee on Friday to tour Derco Aerospace. Our partners at the Milwaukee Business Journalreport the company has filed expansion permits with the city of Milwaukee. Trump will also hold a private fundraiser while in town.

Immigration was on a lot of people's minds Thursday night as four Democratic presidential candidates talked at a town hall in Milwaukee.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro and former Texas Rep. Beto O' Rourke all took the stage Thursday night.

Democrats oppose the president's efforts. Castro and O'Rourke also disagree with Trump's handling of the border crisis and the separation of families with children.

"I have called for the repeal of Section 13-25 of the Immigration Nationality Act to guarantee that a future administration cannot use that law to incarcerate a migrant parent and then separate that parent from a little child," said Castro.

But it's not just immigration. Sanders and Warren are proposing big plans for healthcare and child care.

"If the function of the current healthcare system is not to provide quality care to all but to make huge profits for the drug companies and the insurance companies — the answer to me is that we need to move toward Medicare for all," said Sanders.

"We can put a wealth tax in place — tax two cents on the top of the 1/10th of 1% and you know what we can do with that, help pay for universal child care for every baby from zero to 5 in this country," said Warren.

Thursday night's town hall was put together by LULAC — the country's largest civil rights organization for Latin Americans. It was certainly a preview of things to come with the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee one year from Saturday.