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Joaquin Castro Tells The Takeout Podcast He's Not Looking to Abolish ICE 

click to enlarge Joaquin Castro appears on CBS's The Takeout podcast with White House correspondent Major Garrett. - VIA CBS NEWS
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  • Joaquin Castro appears on CBS's The Takeout podcast with White House correspondent Major Garrett.
Distancing himself from the left wing of his party, San Antonio Democrat Joaquin Castro told CBS News' The Takeout podcast he's not in favor of abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“I know right now people think of ICE and they think of immigration and removal, but ICE also does things like enforcing human trafficking laws,” the congressman told Major Garrett, CBS's top White House correspondent.

However, Castro said he does favor stripping ICE of powers to round up and eject immigrants from the country.

"That part, I think, has not been transparent. It has been corrupt," he said. "There's been too much secrecy and there's been too much abuse."

Since the explosion of anger over the Trump Administration's separation of immigrant families, progressive elected officials have echoed activists' calls to for ICE's dissolution. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are among those voices.

During the podcast, Castro also said he believes the Democrats will take back the House of Representatives during the 2018 midterms and that Democrat Beto O'Rourke will win the Texas Senate seat now held by Republican Ted Cruz.

Garrett also asked Castro to handicap the likelihood that his twin brother, former S.A. Mayor Julian Castro, will run against Trump in 2020.

“He’s definitely thought about it,” the congressman said.

Castro spoke to Garrett during happy hour at Washington's Rosa Mexicano restaurant. Castro ordered the empanada, described on the restaurant's menu as "stuffed with shredded chicken, Mexican chorizo and menonita cheese."

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