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Meet 8 Latino Politicians Who Are Getting Ready To Fight Against Trump

The new Congressional class has been sworn in and Latinos can celebrate some historical firsts. There are eight new Latino politicians walking the halls of Congress and among them are the first Latina Senator ever elected and the first Dominican-American Congressman ever elected. Here are the eight new Latinos ready to work for their constituents.

1. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla.


Representative Darren Soto made history by becoming the first ever Puerto Rican elected to Congress from the state of Florida. Soto is representing Florida’s 9th district, which covers parts of southern Orlando, Kissimmee, and Winter Haven, and has a large Puerto Rican population. According to NBC News, the demographic for Florida’s 9th Congressional district is about 40 percent Puerto Rican.

“I talked about the things we care about,” Soto told FOX News. “The whole Central Florida community wants to see recovery in Puerto Rico. They are a strong trading partner with us. We believe that increased prosperity in Puerto Rico will increase prosperity in Central Florida.”

2. Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-NY


Representative Adriano Espaillat has made history by being the first elected Dominican-American to Congress in U.S. history. Espaillat is also the first formerly undocumented immigrant to ever be elected to the U.S. Congress. Espaillat will be representing New York’s 13th Congressional district, which is a very diverse district covering Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood.

“I will become the first Dominican-American to ever serve in the U.S. Congress,” Espaillat told that crowd at the Democratic National Convention. “Perhaps even just as important, I will be the first member of Congress who was once undocumented as an immigrant. You take that, Donald Trump!”

3. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev.


Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto has the honor of being the first Latina ever elected to the Senate. During her campaign, Cortez Masto spoke passionately about immigration reform and standing up for working families.

“To me, it’s having a seat at the table,” Cortez Masto told NPR about being the first Latina Senator after her win. “It’s being a voice and having a different perspective and bringing that voice to the table to fight for issues that I know are important for not just people in Nevada but across this country. It is young women, young girls, that now know and see somebody in a position that they think that they can achieve.”

4. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas


Representative Vicente Gonzalez was elected to represent the 15th district of Texas, which stretches from Seguin to McAllen. Gonzalez beat Republican Tim Westley for the Texas Congressional seat 57.3 percent to 37.7 percent. For Gonzalez, the greatest issue is making sure college and higher education are affordable and attainable for all.

“We need to find a way to let them go to school and not come out with the burden of debt,” Gonzalez said, according to RGVProud. And I have a plan for the first two years of college to be debt-free, and you get a great return nationally, by having this brain power that we create. So I encourage that. And we need to find ways to have head start and Pre-K programs fully funded.”

5. Rep. Nanette Barragán, D-Calif.


Representative Nanette Barragán won a very hard fought election against Isadore Hall who had the backing of Governor Jerry Brown, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In the end, Barragan beat Hall by earning 51.2 percent of the vote. Barragán is representing the 44th congressional district of California which includes Compton, Carson and San Pedro.

“I think the first thing I feel is pride that, once again, I beat the odds,” Barragán told Daily Breeze, referencing her upbringing by undocumented immigrant parents. “That’s been my life story. It’s even more meaningful to be able to go serve in Congress at a time when we have a new president coming who doesn’t think immigrants provide value.”

6. Rep. Lou Correa, D-Calif.


Representative Lou Correa will be representing California’s 46th Congressional district, which includes Santa Ana and Anaheim. Correa is going to Congress prepared to fight against Trump’s plans for mass deportations. But, more importantly, Correa wants his story to be one of hope to anyone in the nation that is growing up in a lower socio-economic standing to know that nothing is out of reach.

“To me, it’s a testament to the greatness of this country, where a person that grew up in this neighborhood can actually make it to the U.S. Congress,” Correa told the LA Times about the Penguin City barrio, the neighborhood in which he grew up.

7. Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev.


Representative Ruben Kihuen is a Mexican immigrant born in Guadalajara who moved to the U.S. when he was 8 years old. Kihuen is another first as he takes to Congress as the first Latino elected in the state of Nevada for such a position. He will be representing Nevada’s 4th Congressional district, which covers most of southern Nevada.

“It’s my job to continue to fight to make life better for working families and people like my parents so that everyone has a fair shot at the American Dream,” Kihuen said in a statement, according to News 3 Las Vegas.

8. Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Calif.


Representative Salud Carbajal will be representing California’s 24th Congressional district, which includes Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. Since the beginning of the legislative session, Carbajal has already voiced his belief in political accountability by voting against the gutting the Independent Ethics Committee.

“As this session of Congress is called to order, I’m incredibly honored and humbled to have the opportunity to represent the hardworking families of California’s 24th Congressional District,” Carbajal said in a statement, according to Noozhawk. “This Congress brings with it an unprecedented set of challenges, but I am committed to providing increased economic opportunity and a better future for communities across the Central Coast.”


READ: We Didn’t Elect The First Woman President, But We Elected The First Latina Senator

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Women Are Speaking Out About What Changed Their Minds About Abortion

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Women Are Speaking Out About What Changed Their Minds About Abortion

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With so much at stake this election year, it’s important to understand the circumstances behind some of our biggest beliefs. Currently there are little questions as to whether Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is in opposition to a person’s right to abortion. Her Catholic faith, her academic writing, and accounts from friends affirm that she has opposes the medical procedure. During a 2017 confirmation hearing for her current position as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, Coney Barret stated that she was bound to follow the Roe decision as an appeals court judge stating “Roe has been affirmed many times and survived many challenges in the court… And it’s more than 40 years old, and it’s clearly binding on all courts of appeals. And so it’s not open to me or up to me, and I would have no interest in, as a court of appeals judge, challenging that precedent.”

There’s likely no chance of changing her mind, but we were curious about how women felt.

A recent post on Reddit posed the question: What changed your mind on abortion?

Check out the answers below!

“Being pregnant (with a very much wanted baby). I’ve always been pro choice, but learning about how much can go wrong in a pregnancy made it very apparent abortion is far from a black and white issue. For example, say the fetus has some defect where it can be carried to term, but will 100% die shortly after birth. There is no reason the mother should be forced to carry out the whole pregnancy. There are so many other nuances like this that are not possible to legislate.” – kittyinparis

“having one myself. i was religious, orthodox christian once upon a time. i hate to be one of those people who didn’t understand something until i experienced it myself but it is what it was. i extremely naive and ignorant because i thought that it was as simple as “don’t get pregnant if you don’t want a kid”. but it’s really not. and you never know what someone’s story is. and even then, regardless of their situation i think if someone doesn’t want to be pregnant it’s immoral to force them to be.” – Reddit user

“Honestly? Biology class. They went over sexual reproduction step by step and I just couldn’t buy the whole “humanity begins at conception” thing anymore. Then I started reading what all those scary buzzwords meant and I got a bit pissed off. Turns out the evil “partial-birth abortions” are usually called D&Es and they’re usually only done to babies with no chance of survival or in the cases of miscarriages. That’s not evil. That’s sad. I felt lied to, in a big way.” – Moritani

“I learned more about the concepts of bodily autonomy and consent and decided that it’s wrong to force people to remain pregnant against their will.” – enerjem

“When I first learned about the concept it seemed like a terrible thing but even after just 20 minutes of research (I did a lot more clearly, but this is just to emphasize how simple this decision was) I became pro-choice at 14ish, and I’ve had that stance ever since. So I only barely changed my mind really, but I think it counts because without looking into it I could’ve gone on believing it to be morally repugnant just because of what it sounds like and because it’s a subject that’s so easy to get carried away on and not look at objectively.” – ypical_Humanoid

“Paying my own bills. It’s a lot harder to feed two mouths than one.” – Reddit user

“Having kids. Pre-kids i was very prolife. Went to rallys and everything. Would have stressed and felt guilty if i got pregnant and dont knownwhat i would have chosen though. 4 kids later and several oops…im very pro choice.” – Strikingachord

“I was pro-life until I was about 13. I figure my brain developed more and I was then better able to see the issue in a more global and expansive way and determined that pro-choice was the most ethical stance.” – searedscallops

“Meeting someone in college who had had one in the past, and who spoke openly about it. She didn’t regret it or torture herself with guilt and shame over it, but she wasn’t a depraved monster, either. She was a wonderful person who did what was best for herself and her situation.” –coffeeblossom

“Having to get one myself.” –aj4ever

“I don’t know that I was ever pro-life in the same way I don’t think I was ever really Christian. I grew up in an Evangelical Protestant denomination, and until about middle school I mostly parroted things I heard. Things like “hate the sin love the sinner” for anything from being gay to probably having an abortion.

Sometime around middle school I started questioning all of it, forming my own opinions on things. I landed on atheist pro-choice feminist and have stayed there since.” – DejaBlonde

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Joe Biden Walks Away With Final Presidential Debate On Healthcare, Covid, And Many Issues

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Joe Biden Walks Away With Final Presidential Debate On Healthcare, Covid, And Many Issues

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President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden sparred during the final presidential debate. The two presidential nominees debated on issues ranging from healthcare to immigration to Trump’s finances. President Trump started controlled and quickly lost control of his temperament and spiraled for much of the debate.

First, people are giving the praise to the moderator, journalist Kristen Welker.

Welker is a reporter and White House correspondent for NBC News. As moderator of the final presidential debate, Welker kept the conversation moving forward. She was also able to stop President Trump on numerous occasions when he began spiraling as the debate went on.

One of the most stunning moments was President Trump claims that low IQ immigrants show up to court dates.

“Only the really – I hate to say this, but those with the lowest IQ. They might come back,” Trump said.

That was President Trump’s response to a question about catch and release. The catch and release program allowed for immigrants to come to the U.S., declare their intent for asylum, and be released to, usually, family members. They are then given a court date to plead their case for asylum. An overwhelming number of asylum seekers do show up to their court cases to make sure they have the chance to seek asylum.

The Trump administration eliminated the program and began what is called “Remain in Mexico.” The current plan forces migrants to wait in other countries while waiting for their day in immigration court.

When given a chance to address the 545 migrant children missing their parents, President Trump claimed they were being taken care of.

President Trump dodged questions about healthcare.

The rushed confirmation of Supreme Court Justice pick Amy Coney Barrett could have serious repercussions for people and their health care. The Trump administration is going to be challenging the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, in hopes of overturning the healthcare law. This would eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions, including diabetes, cancer, and pregnancy.

There is currently a lot of debate over whether or not a Covid-19 diagnosis would become a preexisting condition. More than 220,000 Americans have contracted the virus and the Affordable Care Act is in jeopardy because of the Trump administration.

President Trump still hasn’t released his tax returns.

Recent news about President Trump’s taxes made national headlines. Americans learned that President Trump recently paid $750 in taxes and that the president has a private bank account in China. According to his own tax returns, Trump paid more than $188,000 in taxes to the Chinese government. The bank account was previously unknown information.

Joe Biden appealed to the American voters and families.

Biden avoided getting into arguments during the debate and kept focused on the issues and how they impacted the American family. From Covid to the economy, Biden touched on all of the issues that keep American families up at night. Biden offered plans to stop the spread of Covid-19 but promoting the use of masks and safely reopening the U.S. economy to boost the economy and save lives.

Viewers are calling the debate a victory for the Biden campaign.

Several snap polls form different organizations show that people consider Biden the winner of this debate. Biden told the American people that is was running to be the American president, not a Democrat president. Biden promised to be the president for all American people and to take care of everyone, regardless of whether or not they voted for him.

READ: The First Presidential Debate Went Off The Rails Fast And The Internet Had Fun With It

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