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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.

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“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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Latino Voters Deliver Bernie Sanders Major Victory In California Primary

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Latino Voters Deliver Bernie Sanders Major Victory In California Primary

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Fourteen states voted on Super Tuesday and Vice President Joe Biden led the pack of Democratic candidates. Bernie Sanders, despite a decisive win in California, now has the second-highest delegate count. Latino voters made their voices heard, especially in California where they delivered Sanders a strong victory.

Sen. Bernie Sanders won the biggest Super Tuesday prize: California.

According to Vox, Latinos in California largely supported Sen. Sanders. Forty-nine percent of Latino voters in the Golden State voted for Sanders with 12 percent voting for Vice President Joe Biden. There was a clear generational divide in support for Sen. Sanders. Seventy-one percent of Latinos 18-29 supported Sen. Sanders while 35 percent of Latinos 45-64 supported the Vermont senator.

Sen. Sanders won more than a million votes in California earning him 135 delegates.

As of noon March 4, 87 percent of precincts were reporting giving Sen. Sanders a commanding 9-point lead over Vice President Biden. Leading up to the election, Sen. Sanders was polling highest among Latino voters and it seems Latinos came out to vote and gave Sen. Sanders the advantage he needed to win California.

However, young voters, Sen. Sanders’s key voters, turned out in smaller numbers during the primary.

The number of young voters in Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina was down compared to the 2016 primary elections. In Alabama, 10 percent of voters were 17-29 this year compared to 14 percent in 2016. Young voters are the key demographic for Sen. Sanders and the lack of voting participation from young voters contributed to Sen. Sanders’s lackluster night.

Vice President Biden pulled off an unexpected and impressive performance.

Vice President Biden won 10 of the 14 states during Super Tuesday, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s home state Massachusetts. Black voters in the southern states came out in huge numbers to cast their ballots for Vice President Biden. Six states are voting in their primaries next week and there are 352 more delegates up for grabs that week. A candidate needs 1,991 candidates to secure the nomination outright before the convention. So far, Vice President Biden leads with 566 delegates and Sen. Sanders is a close second with 501.

READ: Bernie Sanders Leads Democratic Candidates In Latino Supporters And Donations

Bernie Sanders Faces Backlash For Saying That Not ‘Everything Is Bad’ In Castro’s Cuba

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Bernie Sanders Faces Backlash For Saying That Not ‘Everything Is Bad’ In Castro’s Cuba

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is once again touting what he sees as the benefits of Fidel Castro’s Cuba. The Vermont senator first made comments praising parts of Castro’s Cuba in a 1985 interview. Now, 15 years later, Sen. Sanders is standing behind his idea that not everything is bad in Cuba in a 60 Minutes interview.

Senator Bernie Sanders is facing backlash from critics after his 60 Minutes interview because of his comments on Fidel Castro’s Cuba.

In the 1980s, Sen. Sanders was caught on camera more than once praising parts of the Castro regime in Cuba. He points to the health care and education systems as parts of the government that works for Cuban people. The comments resurfaced in 2019 and caused a backlash against the senator in the Cuban diaspora, whose pains are still fresh from the overthrow of the government.

Now, in a “60 Minutes” interview, the Vermont senator has doubled down on his comments that some of the Cuban government is good.

Anderson Cooper – “What is Democratic Socialism?”

Bernie Sanders – “When Donald Trump was a private businessman in New York, he got $800 million in tax breaks and subsidies to build luxury housing. That’s called Socialism. What Democratic Socialism is about is saying, ‘Let’s use the federal government to protect the interest of working families.’”

BS – “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba. But, you know, it’s simply unfair to say that everything is bad. You know, when Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing, even though Fidel Castro did it?”

AC – “There were a lot of dissidents imprisoned in Cuba.”

BS – “That’s right and we condemn that. Unlike Donald Trump, let’s be clear. I do not think that Kim Jung Un is a good friend. I don’t trade love letters with a murdering dictator. Vladimir Putin, not a great friend of mine.”

The comments have sparked some backlash on social media from Cubans and Cuban-Americans.

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Senator Marco Rubio, who is Cuban-American, has been a vocal opponent of Socialism. He has used the crisis in Venezuela to solidify his point about the dangers of the government system he believes Sen. Sanders wants to start in the U.S. Yet, Sen. Sanders’s point is not that the Castro regime is good. In the “60 Minutes” interview, the senator made it clear that he does not support the Castro regime and the brutality it caused for the Cuban people. However, he does believe there are things we can learn from the Caribbean island about offering health care and education to the population.

One point of contention with the senator’s comments is that the Cuban people didn’t fight back because of the new programs.

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The Castro regime is known to have oppressed dissidents and political opponents. Speaking out against the authoritarian regime was not safe. People were jailed, killed, and exiled for standing up to Castro’s rise to power. Families fled the island and settled around the world to escape what they saw as a justifiable threat to their lives and sovereignty.

Some people are sharing personal stories of their families’ treatment under the Castro regime.

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The generational trauma created by the Castro regime is still felt today. Some people used Sen. Sanders’s comments as a chance to tell a fuller story of the government some have praised for their social services.

A clip of President Barack Obama speaking on the same social issues in Cuba is also circulating.

President Obama worked tirelessly to reopen relations between the U.S. and Cuba. He was the first sitting president to visit the island when it was announced that diplomatic ties were reopened between the two countries. Part of being able to open those relations was eliminating the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that allowed Cuban nationals to stay in the U.S. after migrating. This allowed Cubans to be deported back to Cuba, something that hadn’t happened since Cubans first started to flee their homeland. In response, Cubans illegally in the U.S. have been subjected to ICE raids and detention for the first time because of President Donald Trump’s increasing escalation against the immigrant community.

There is a lot of concern from Democratic supporters that the comment could cost the party Florida in the general election if Sen. Sanders is nominated.

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The Cuban and Cuban-American population in Florida is a key demographic to win the state in general elections. His comments cherry-picking what is and is not good about the Cuban government is having a resonating effect in Florida. Cuban Democrats and Republicans in the state are untied in rebuking the senator’s comments as glossing over the true victimization and terror millions faced.

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