A Latino Organization Is Trying To Rally Latino Voters With Warnings Of What Trump Means For The Community
With the most savage Democratic debates yet behind us, national non-profit Latino Victory Fund is trying to rally all Latinos to come together with the launch of its new campaign: “When Trump Wins, We Lose.” Regardless of anyone’s party lines, another Trump election will be a major loss for both Latino-Americans and Latino immigrants alike.
While the Pew Research Center discovered that Trump earned 28 percent of the Latino vote in 2016, a lot has happened since then. Seven Latino immigrant children have died in federal custody under Trump’s administration. Before December 2018, no child had died in ICE or CBP custody in over a decade.
The Latino Victory Fund has launched an entire website to hold Trump responsible for the harm his rhetoric and policies have inflicted on the Latino community.
“From healthcare and the economy to the environment, education and immigration, Trump has proven that he does not care about hardworking families,” the front page of TrumpWinsWeLose.com reads. It’s powerful campaign message is that “Latinos across the country cannot afford four more years of Donald Trump.”
The organization’s President maintains that Latinos have the most to lose from a Trump victory, but we’re also set to be the largest non-white voting bloc in 2020.
Yes–we have the most to lose. As a community, we also have more agency than we’ve ever had. Latino Victory Fund President Melissa Mark-Viverito has created a space for our community to focus on these facts:
“Trump’s administration separated thousands of children from their parents at the border and placed them in detention centers across the country.”
Twenty-four immigrants have died in U.S. custody during the Trump administration. Trump is also actively trying to deport the more than 800,000 young immigrants and DREAMers who gained temporary deportation relief through DACA. He’s deporting Venezuelans back to the Maduro regime that is actively starving out its own people. Compassion does not exist in the immigration process any longer.
Trump vehemently opposes addressing Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, or even Hurricane Maria’s nearly 3,000 person death toll.
While Congress offered Puerto Rico $2 billion in hurricane relief funds, the mismanagement of funds has caused a legitimate uprising in Puerto Rico. So long as Puerto Rico is treated like a colony, it will never thrive.
Millions of Latinos are at risk of losing healthcare if Trump is re-elected.
Trump’s repeated campaign promise is to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which means millions of Latinos would lose their health coverage. Even still, Latinos have the highest uninsured rate in the country. If Trump cancels Medicare and Medicaid, nearly 21 million Latinos will lose health care.
Trump’s economy is working for the top 1 percent, but Latino families continue to have 8.5 times less wealth than the average white family.
Under Trump’s “Tax Reform,” often nicknamed “Tax Scam,” 1 in 4 Latinos will lose more than $13,000 in annual tax deductions by 2027. Meanwhile, 6 in 10 Latinos can expect to pay an average of $251 per year. Trump’s cuts to the SNAP food stamp program will affect more than 10 million Latinos in this country, including 1.2 million children.
Trump wants to make cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency which effectively helps protect low-income communities from environmental pollution.
Currently, Trump wants to cancel the program that reduces lead in water, which would disproportionately impact Latino communities. He also wants to cut state and local air quality management, which would allow Big Ag and large industries to pollute the air in communities that don’t have the financial agency to push back.
Tell your parents: Trump wants to defund the Education Department.
Trump wants to cut $7.1 billion from the Education Department, which would effectively become an assault on our public education system and families. It would cut after-school programs that working families rely on. More than two-thirds of Latino students who earn bachelor’s degrees depend on financial aid. Trump’s plan takes away $1.9 billion from Pell Grants, impacting one out-of-two Latino college students who rely on Pell Grants to help pay for college.