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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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Nearly 9,000 Unaccompanied Child Migrants Have Been Expelled From the U.S. Under Trump’s COVID-19 Restrictions

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Nearly 9,000 Unaccompanied Child Migrants Have Been Expelled From the U.S. Under Trump’s COVID-19 Restrictions

On Friday, previously undisclosed court documents revealed that almost 9,000 unaccompanied migrant children seeking refuge were denied access to the U.S. and subsequently expelled from U.S. soil. None of these children were given a chance in court.

According to reporting done by CBS News, U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials have “suspended humanitarian protections” for most migrants crossing the border, on the grounds that “public health law overrides asylum, immigration and anti-trafficking safeguards” in the era of COVID-19.

CBS news made the shocking discovery when investigating the problematic and increased practice of holding and detaining minors in unregulated, privately contracted hotel rooms.

The government is arguing that the practice is keeping the American public safe from possibly COVID-19 exposure from unauthorized migrants.

“What we’re trying to do…is remove all individuals, regardless of whether they’re children — minors — or they’re adults,” Customs and Border Patrol official Mark Morgan said in an August media briefing.

He continued: “We’re trying to remove [the migrants] as fast as we can, to not put them in our congregate settings, to not put them into our system, to not have them remain in the United States for a long period of time, therefore increasing the exposure risk of everybody they come in contact with.”

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But critics are claiming that the Trump Administration is using COVID-19 as an excuse to unlawfully expel as many migrants as possible–regardless of their age.

On Friday, federal Judge Dolly M. Gee ordered the administration to put an end to the practice of detaining children in hotel rooms, saying that hotels do not “adequately account for the vulnerability of unaccompanied minors in detention”. She asked the government to put an end to the practice by September 15th.

It is in the court documents regarding the above case that 8,800 expelled migrant children number was revealed.

“The numbers are stunning,” said executive director of the Immigrant Defenders Law Center, Lindsay Toczylowski, to CBS News. “…To find out that our government has literally taken children who are seeking protection and sent them back to the very places they fled in such high numbers really took my breath away.”

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US Border Patrol Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz has defended the unsafe hotel detainment and speedy expulsion of migrant children, saying that stopping the practice would increase risk of exposure to health and customs officials alike.

But even if the practice comes to an end, the staggering number of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children left to their own devices is sitting heavy on the soul of advocates and activists.

“It’s just completely contrary, not only to all child protection norms and standards, but also just completely contrary to our values as a nation around protecting the most vulnerable,” said vice president for international programs at Kids in Need of Defense Lisa Frydman to CNN. “Because we are just wholesale shipping them out without making sure that it’s safe for them to go.”

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Donald Trump Compared His Son’s ‘Proud Latina’ Girlfriend To Eva Perón After RNC Speech Where She Claimed Puerto Rico Isn’t Part Of The United States

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Donald Trump Compared His Son’s ‘Proud Latina’ Girlfriend To Eva Perón After RNC Speech Where She Claimed Puerto Rico Isn’t Part Of The United States

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We might all be proud Latinas but not all Latinas are so proud of Kimberly Guilfoyle.

The girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. has proven herself to be a controversial figure on both sides of the Democratic and Republican aisles. The American attorney, prosecutor, and television news personality has made waves for her part on the 2020 presidential campaign trail as she stands by her man and his grody dad. She even showed her support during a very loud appearance at the Republican National Convention wherein she made claims of being a “first-generation American.”

Her booming speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention quickly went viral and prompted a comparison to Argentina’s Eva Perón from Donald Trump. As well as backlash from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) who gave her a major fact check.

While critics found Guilfoyle’s speech to be
“over-the-top,” at the very least our so-called “leader of the free world” loved every bit of it.

According to reports, soon after her speech, Donald Trump called Guilfoyle and praised her for her speech. He even compared her to Eva “Evita” Perón.

“That was fantastic…so amazing,” Trump told Guilfoyle on the reportedcall. “So much energy…so much passion.” According to The Daily Beast, the president said “nobody could have done that but you,” and called her “my Kimberly.”

Eva Perón was the former first lady of Argentina from 1948 to 1952. In 1976 Andrew Lloyd Webber made her story into a musical called Evita. Trump has apparently been a huge fan of the musical.

While Trump loved the speech Ocasio-Cortez was quick to slam Guilfoyle for her speech and the ignorance that she delivered during it

AOC took Guilfoyle to task for calling herself a child of immigrants and a “first-generation American.”

“My mother Mercedes was a special education teacher from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. My father, also an immigrant, came to this nation in pursuit of the American dream,” Guilfoyle recalled in her speech.

The claims, like many made by the Trumps, are only partly true. While Guilfoyle’s father is from Ireland, her mother was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico which makes her a U.S. citizen.

“The woman the GOP picked as their ‘proud’ Latina … didn’t seem to know that Puerto Rico is already part of the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a Twitter.

AOC, also a proud Boricua, noted that Puerto Ricans have been U.S. citizens by birthright for over more than a century.

The lawmaker slammed Guilfoyle for supporting the Republican portrayal of Latino Americans as foreigners despite the fact that they are U.S. citizens.

“It reflects their belief that Latinos aren’t real citizens,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

Guilfoyle who is a former Fox News pundit received quite a bit of backlash for her RNC speech last week in which she shouted into a camera. Even memes were born of the event which was not done before a live audience. They want to destroy this country and everything we have fought for and hold dear,” Guilfoyle shouted during her theatrical event. “They want to steal your liberty, your freedom!”

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