Under Federal law, illegal entry into the United States is both a criminal violation and a civil violation. But historically, most people caught crossing the border illegally were not criminally prosecuted for illegal entry. Instead, most people just went through civil deportation proceedings. This changed under the Trump Administration, when then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented a "zero tolerance policy", requiring the Department of Justice to criminally prosecute every single person caught crossing the border illegally. This resulted in large numbers of children being separated from their parents. So in the June 26 Democratic Presidential Debate, then-candidate Julián Castro proposed that section 1325 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which made illegal entry a criminal violation, be repealed:
My plan also includes getting rid of Section 1325 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, to go back to the way we used to treat this when somebody comes across the border, not to criminalize desperation, to treat that as a civil violation. And here's why it's important. We see all of this horrendous family separation. They use that law, Section 1325, to justify under the law separating little children from their families. And so I want to challenge every single candidate on this stage to support the repeal of Section 1325.... Let's be very clear. The reason that they're separating these little children from their families is that they're using Section 1325 of that act which criminalizes coming across the border to incarcerate the parents and then separate them.
Now Castro has since dropped out of the race. But my question is, which 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates still in the race support repealing section 1325?