This Is What Young Latino Voters Had To Say About Hillary Clinton’s East L.A. Visit
On Cinco de Mayo, Hillary Clinton held a campaign rally in East Los Angeles. The event was clearly aimed at Latinos — East L.A. is one of the most Latino parts of Los Angeles County, and her 14-minute speech focused on immigration and attacking Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant stance. The event was not without controversy, as thousands of protestors held demonstrations outside the venue.
We spoke to young Latinos, both supporters and detractors, to find out why they came out for the event and to write down the issues they care most about. This is what they said.
“I want to support strong women, not oppose them.”
Name: Belinda Campos
Occupation: Project manager for a nonprofit public health group
Cares About: Student loans and immigration reform
“I read her  book “Hard Choices”and I was very inspired by her and everything she’s put up with. I come from a background of strong women, and I always recognize when I see one.
“I work in [the L.A. neighborhood of] Boyle Heights where a lot of the residents are immigrants, and I see the ways they suffer.” She added that Clinton’s plan for immigrations was the best option.
“I applied for DACA and would definitely love to hear what she plans to do about it.”
Name: Maybell Sanchez, undocumented
Occupation: Student-athlete at East Los Angeles College
Cares About: Immigration
Although a fan of Senator Bernie Sanders, Sanchez attended the rally to listen to what the frontrunner has to say about immigration reform.
“I believe [Clinton] will let us stay here.”
“The choice is obvious. we either stand by someone who’s going to unite the country, or someone who’s going to divide it.”
Name: Richard Lopez
Occupation: bussiness professional
Cares About: Stopping Trump, bringing the country together
“A Trump presidency would be the end of the United States as we know it. You might as well say, ‘We had a good run, thanks for coming, good night.'”
“A Hillary presidency would be a great thing. Her husband [former President Bill Clinton] has a legacy in this country of helping Latinos. He helped make homes more affordable and once she jumps into office she’ll be able to provide Latinos with the education we need.”
“We spend way too much money on war when we don’t have services here in the United States for workers.”
Name: Victor Quinteros
Occupation: Organizer for the Act Now to Stop War & End Racism (ANSWER) coalition
Supports: Gloria LaRiva, candidate for the Party of Socialism and Liberation
Cares About: Palestine, worker’s rights, social progams, anti-war effort
“[Clinton] helped drive the war effort in Libya and she’s helped the escalation of the use of drones.”
“She has a track record of being against the working class.”
“The most important issue to me as a young Latina voter is equal pay for women.”
Name: Eva Mata
Occupation: SDirector of inside sales for a telecom company
Cares About: Equal pay
“I work very hard, and I work in a company full of men. It’s in technology, and it’s a very male-driven environment, so I would love to see my salary matched to someone of my status.”
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