August 4, 2020/Media, Press

Texas HDCC Chair State Representative Celia Israel Slams Trump’s Disastrous Record with Latinos

AUSTIN, Texas – Today, as Joe Biden unveiled his agenda for the Latinx community, HDCC Chair State Representative Celia Israel called out Donald Trump’s disastrous record with Latinos in Texas and across the country.

“Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has waged an all-out assault on Latinos with his xenophobic rhetoric and toxic agenda. Now, as our country grapples with the fallout of Trump’s catastrophic pandemic response, Latinos are bearing the brunt of his failed leadership, especially in Texas. Trump’s failure to contain the virus and his relentless attempts to strip away health coverage have disproportionately hurt Texas Latinos, who are experiencing staggering job losses and disturbing health disparities. The Latinx community in Texas and across the country deserves better than Trump’s disastrous record. When Joe Biden is President, Latinos will have a real ally and partner in the White House.”

 

BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S DISASTROUS RECORD WITH LATINOS

Trump’s failed response to the pandemic made the economic and public health fallout worse, particularly for Latinos who are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus crisis.

  • According to the CDC, Latinx residents have been three times as likely to contract COVID-19 as white residents, and twice as likely to die.

  • In June 2020, unemployment for Latino workers hit 14.5%. Meanwhile, the numbers of working Latino business owners dropped over 30% from February to April.

  • Trump failed to respond to the racial disparities being exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis. Even after Congressional action sought to force the Trump Administration to improve data collection on racial disparities in coronavirus cases, it failed to do so — and its scattershot approach has hampered an effective response to the crisis for communities of color.

Trump’s policies have undercut efforts to expand the American dream and affordable housing for communities of color while boosting banks and lenders.

  • As of 2017, Latino individuals represented about 18% of the U.S. population but made up 20% of all those who received HUD rental assistance and 30% of all low-income renters. Despite this, Trump has called for drastic cuts to subsidized housing, and for changes that could raise rents for low-income families.

  • Analysis shows that the Trump Administration’s proposal to roll back disparate impact claims will make it harder to fight housing discrimination under the Fair Housing Act, while under Trump’s CFPB, fair lending enforcement orders against mortgage lenders have dropped off.

 

Trump’s economic policies have failed to help close the racial wealth gap, protect workers of color, or support businesses owned by Latinos and people of color.

  • Latino Americans were disproportionately left out of the benefits from Trump’s tax law in 2018. The average tax cut for Latino households was less than half that of the average white household.

  • As President, Trump threatened to veto a minimum wage hike and proposed a tip-pooling rule that could undercut earnings and job opportunities for workers of color.

  • Trump’s budgets have called for steep cuts or the full elimination of the Minority Business Development Agency, a critical agency that helps promote the growth of businesses owned by people of color.

 

Trump promised to “fix our schools” but time and again, the Trump-DeVos agenda has undermined efforts to reduce racial disparities in education and expand opportunity for communities of color.

  • Trump failed to live up to his promise of easing the burden of student loans, which is especially acute for students of color, and added to students’ worries about college affordability. Latinx students have a student loan default rate of 13%, compared to 9% for white students.

 

Despite claiming that he alone could fix immigration, Trump has waged an all-out assault on immigrant rights throughout his presidency.

 

  • Trump has terrorized immigrants and damaged the United States’ world standing by separating children from their families and locking them in cages.

  • Meanwhile, Trump’s decision to terminate the DACA program put Dreamers’ future in limbo until the Supreme Court stepped in — including over 100,000 Dreamers who call Texas home.

 

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