September 16, 2020/Media, Press

As National Hispanic Heritage Month Begins, Texas Latino Families Are Still Bearing the Brunt of Trump’s Failures

Austin, TX — Today, as we mark the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Latinos in Texas and across the country are still bearing the brunt of Donald Trump’s disastrous presidency and toxic, anti-immigrant agenda.

Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Manny Garcia issued the following statement:

“This Hispanic Heritage Month, as we come together to celebrate the mark that Latinos have made on our history, our culture, and our way of life in America, we must also shine a light on how Latinos are still suffering under Donald Trump’s failed presidency.

“Trump’s attacks on Latinos began on day one of his first campaign, when he demonized the Latino community and sought to stoke fear and division for his own political benefit. Now, after four years of hateful rhetoric and anti-Latino policies, Trump’s disastrous pandemic response has thrown his broken promises to Latinos into sharp relief. Make no mistake: Trump’s failure to contain the virus is costing Latinos our health care, our livelihoods, and even our lives. Latinos in Texas and across the country deserve better — that’s why we’ll send Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House this fall.”

Trump’s attacks on health care have disproportionately affected Latino communities.

  • Trump’s health care sabotage jeopardizes significant gains among Hispanic communities. Even during the pandemic, he’s continuing his effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
  • Trump proposed massive cuts to Medicaid, which provides health coverage for about 32% of non-elderly Hispanics.

Trump failed to address racial disparities present in the coronavirus pandemic and botched the rollout of aid to Latino small business owners.

  • Latino people in the U.S. have been disproportionately infected, hospitalized, and killed by the coronavirus that Trump has failed to contain.
  • As Trump failed to mount a serious response to the coronavirus, unemployment has been particularly high for Latino workers and business owners. As of August, Latino unemployment was 10.5%.
  • Latinx-owned businesses suffered as the Trump administration botched the delivery of assistance to small businesses hurt by the coronavirus.

Instead of bringing wage growth and job creation to Latino communities, Trump has made it harder for Latinos to succeed.

  • Job creation for Hispanic Americans has slowed under Trump.
  • Latinos were disproportionately left out on the benefits from Trump’s tax law, and many will actually face higher taxes by 2027.
  • Trump’s budgets sought to slash funding for SNAP benefits, which help about 10 million Latinos and lifted nearly 2.5 million Latinos out of poverty in 2015 alone.
  • Trump’s decision to rescind DACA and eliminate protections for TPS recipients could devastate Latino communities and the entire U.S. economy.
  • Trump has repeatedly denied climate science, even as climate change is expected to have a disproportionate negative impact on Latino communities.

Trump has repeatedly stoked racial and cultural divisions to demonize Latinos.

  • As president, Trump said undocumented immigrants were “invading” and “infesting” our country. He said our immigration policy should be “you can’t come in.”
  • Trump declared a national emergency and illegally diverted money from military construction projects to pay for his border wall. He repeatedly threatened to shut down the government and veto funding for essential programs if taxpayers didn’t fund his border wall.

Trump’s immigration policies have cruelly torn Latino families apart.

  • Trump illegally rescinded the DACA program and sabotaged every bipartisan immigration deal that would have protected American Dreamers.
  • The Trump administration separated no system to bring families back together.
  • 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.