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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.

READ: New Border Wall Is Being Constructed In California But It Is Not The Same Border Wall Trump Promised His Voters

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Trump Labels Cuba A State Sponsor Of Terrorism As His Own Supporters Face Similar Allegations

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Trump Labels Cuba A State Sponsor Of Terrorism As His Own Supporters Face Similar Allegations

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In a move that is sure to complicate things for the incoming Biden administration, Trump has moved to put Cuba back on the list of nations that allegedly sponsor terrorism.

Obama had taken Cuba off of that list in 2015 and with four years to Cuba back on the list, many agree that Trump has simply put Cuba back on the list to make life difficult for President Biden.

The Trump administration has put Cuba back on the list of countries that “sponsor terrorism.”

With just days left in office, Trump has moved to label Cuba as a “state sponsor of terrorism” in a last-minute move that is sure to complicate things for the incoming Biden administration.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo justified the controversial move which reverses Barack Obama’s 2015 decision to remove Cuba from the list after more than three decades – by accusing Havana of “repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbour to terrorists”.

Pompeo also alleged Cuba was engaging “in a range of malign behavior across the region”, highlighting its support for Venezuela’s authoritarian leader Nicolás Maduro who Trump has unsuccessfully tried to overthrow.

The controversial step places Cuba alongside Iran, North Korea and Syria as state sponsors of terror.

However, most officials agree that Trump’s claims about Cuba are bogus.

Many international observers – including U.S. allies – aren’t impressed by the administration’s claims that Cuba is sponsoring terrorism.

In an interview with The Guardian, Christopher Sabatini, a senior fellow for Latin America at Chatham House, said “These are trumped up charges. Terrorism as an international definition is committing acts of violence against unarmed civilians intended to frighten the population. Cuba doesn’t do that. Yes, it represses its own people – but so does Saudi Arabia.”

Groups that favor greater U.S. engagement with Cuba criticized the announcement.

“There is no compelling, factual basis to merit the designation,” according to Ric Herrero, executive director of the Cuba Study Group, a Washington DC-based organization that supports engagement with the island. “Instead it appears to be another shameless, last-ditch effort to hamstring the foreign policy of the incoming Biden administration and set the stage for the next election in Florida, all at the expense of the Cuban people and relations between our countries.”

Many observers agree that Trump’s move is simply a gift to party hardliners in Florida, and likely a deliberate attempt to make life difficult for the incoming Biden administration who may wish to end deténte with Cuba.

Of course, Cuban officials reacted angrily to the announcement.

After the announcement, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez tweeted: “We condemn the US announced hypocritical and cynical designation of #Cuba as a State sponsoring terrorism. The US political opportunism is recognized by those who are honestly concerned about the scourge of terrorism and its victims.”

Reversing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s action would require the Biden administration to certify to Congress that there has been a fundamental change in leadership in Cuba and that the government is not supporting acts of international terrorism, has not for the previous six months and will not do so in the future.

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Someone Mutilated A Manatee With The Name ‘Trump’— Now There’s A Federal Investigation

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Someone Mutilated A Manatee With The Name ‘Trump’— Now There’s A Federal Investigation

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Just when we thought Trump supporters couldn’t disgust us more, one disfigured a manatee by etching “Trump” into its back.

Sadly, over the weekend, a manatee was found in Florida’s Homosassa River with the name “Trump” scratched into its back. The discovery has prompted federal officials to open an investigation into the disfigurement of the threatened species.

A mutilated manatee was found over the weekend with the name Trump scratched into its back.

According to a report published by the Citrus County Chronicle, it is unclear when and how the manatee was mutilated. It is also unknown whether the current investigation has made any leads in regards to the perpetrators. Still, footage of the abused animal has sparked outrage online.

Douglas Nowacek, a professor of Conservation Technology at Duke University told Vice that the incident is “one of the most horrifying things I have ever seen done to a wild animal.” In a separate email, Ruth Carmichael, a Senior Marine Scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and a Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama described the act a “horrific” to VICE saying “I have no words to express how deeply troubling, thoughtless, and potentially cruel this is.” 

Marine biologists say that it is unclear just how much harm the mammal endured.

“It’s a little hard to see the extent of damage from the video,” Carmichael explained. “It is harassment regardless. If the scrape penetrates the skin, then it likely caused some pain and stress. The animals have nerves and sensory hairs in the skin. Additionally, open wounds could become infected.” 

According to Graham Worthy, Department Chair and Pegasus Professor at the University of Central Florida who spoke to VICE the letters could mostly be shallow, and may mostly be algae scraped off the animal’s back making“ injury would be virtually non-existent.”

Still, physically hurt or not, the manatee in question was clearly harassed by a person. As such the perpetrator could face severe penalties if found. 

“Violations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act may result in fines of up to $100,000 and one year’s imprisonment for individuals and up to $200,000 for organizations,” Worthy told Vice. “It is illegal to approach and make contact with these animals let alone deface or injure them. It is illegal to feed or harass wild marine mammals including dolphins, porpoises, whales, seals, sea lions, and manatees. You are not allowed to feed, swim with, or harass these marine animals… They should be observed from a distance of at least 50 yards.”

The mutilated manatee is a West Indian manatee and is a herbivorous mammal found in coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Up until 2017, the species was considered endangered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Today, conservation status is listed as “threatened.”  

As many users of social media have noted, perhaps one of the most disturbing aspects of the images that humans already cause so much pain and suffering to innocent animals. When does it stop?

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