Last night in the Democratic debate Julian Castro did something really important - he used the names of the father and daughter, Oscar Alberto Martínez and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria, who drowned in the Rio Grande after having been illegally denied entry to the United States by CBP officials (the family arrived at Puerta México international bridge in Matamoros Sunday planning to seek asylum, but they were told it was closed and they would have to return the following day.)
I've seen the picture (it's unavoidable) of the bodies of Oscar and his daughter, washed ashore downriver, with his daughter swaddled in his t-shirt and her arm draped over his shoulder. His wife and her mother, Tania, watched them being swept away by the current. This is negligent homicide. Had they not been illegally kept from applying for asylum, they never would have taken such a drastic action.
A well reasoned argument is like a diamond: impervious to corruption and crystal clear - and infinitely rarer.
Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game -- an economy that won't respond, a democracy that won't listen, and a financial sector that holds all the cards. - Robert Reich