POLITICAL GENEALOGY

Why #WhereAreTheChildren Is Personal to Joaquín Castro

Megan Smolenyak
3 min readMay 27, 2018

Many were alarmed when Jeff Sessions announced a new policy of separating children from parents who were caught crossing the border illegally, but that alarm escalated to full-throated outrage when it was learned just weeks later that some 1,500 children are missing.

Calls for rallies to demand answers soon followed with Texas Rep. Joaquín Castro being one of the first to step up when he tweeted, “I will help organize a #WhereAreTheChildren rally in San Antonio this week. This inhumanity needs to stop.”

Like so many, Joaquín and his twin brother Julián (former mayor of San Antonio and Secretary of HUD) have a family history that features an American dream component, but theirs is more relevant than most to the shocking scenario unfolding in front of us.

It doesn’t take much googling to trip across references to the Castros’ immigrant grandmother, such as this one shared by Julián:

“Now I want to tell you about my grandmother, Victoria. By the time she was six years old, my grandmother was an orphan. She had to leave her home in Mexico to come to San Antonio with relatives who had agreed to take her in … She spent her whole life working because of her lack of education as a maid, a cook, and a babysitter — barely scraping by but still working hard to give my mother a good chance in life, so that my mother could give me and my brother an even better shot.”

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Megan Smolenyak

Genealogical adventurer & storyteller who loves solving mysteries! You may not know me, but chances are you’ve seen my work. (www.MeganSmolenyak.com)