Castro has entered an exceptionally crowded field of Democratic hopefuls, and he is struggling to be heard

Last June, at the height of America’s family separation crisis when thousands of migrant children were being wrenched from their parents’ arms and held in cages, Julián Castro drove through the blazing heat of the Rio Grande Valley to the Ursula detention center on the US-Mexico border. He stood outside the locked entrance to a building where separations were taking place, and was overcome by revulsion.

It was as if, he writes in his memoir An Unlikely Journey, “an American ideal had been desecrated. This was a wake-up call for the nation”.

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