Washington, DC – GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has reportedly delayed his previously scheduled campaign speech focused on immigration. The candidate has a “long, winding history” of proposing inhumane deportation practices, and has used various debunked and baseless myths about Latinos and immigrants rather than propose substantive policy. César Blanco, Latino Victory interim director, issued the following statement in regards to Trump delaying his immigration speech:
“It’s no surprise that Trump has postponed his immigration speech. He’s shown time and time again how little he values and respects the lives of immigrants and Latinos across the country. Whether it’s hiring a nativist Breitbart executive to advise him, avoiding and attacking Hispanic media, ignoring invitations from major Hispanic advocacy organizations, or just plain calling us rapists and murderers, the GOP’s presidential candidate has done a remarkable job of finding endless ways to offend our community. We won’t be fooled by Trump’s thinly veiled and convenient Hispandering on display this past weekend. Surely, Trump is just buying himself some time, cooking up some new ways to try and deceive our community into thinking that he’s changing his tone, and policies, when we all know that he’s nothing but a racist and a bigot who is only interested in attacking and hurting us.”
Washington, DC — This morning, Trump released his first general election ad depicting a dystopian and bleak image of the United States. The ad will run through August 29 in key battleground states like Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, according to Politico, and is steeped in anti-immigrant rhetoric and imagery. The ad even cites Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which has been labeled an “anti-immigrant nativist” organization by the Southern Poverty Law Center. César Blanco, Latino Victory interim director, issued the following statement:
“Trump’s latest ad is tired and totally unsurprising, full of recycled outdated nativist talking points borrowed from GOP Governor Pete Wilson’s playbook and infamous ad in the 1990s. Trump’s ad, once again, proves that The Donald will never change; he is dangerous for our country and for our community, and he will continue demonizing and attacking us all the way to election day. No matter how many times the GOP says Trump will pivot, or how many campaigns the RNC runs to appeal to the Hispanic community, Trump will be Trump, and Latinos won’t be fooled by his lies and fear tactics. Trump’s policies won’t make America safe, and immigrants and refugees are not the enemy. Our country is better than this, and Latinos will keep fighting until November and beyond to make sure Trump and anyone who supports him and feels emboldened by him knows that we will not tolerate their hate, and that they have no place representing our communities.”
Washington, DC – Donald Trump said he will implement a strict, extreme screening process for people who wish to immigrate to the United States, including an ideological screening test. César Blanco, Latino Victory interim director, issued the following statement:
“Donald Trump has spent his entire campaign using immigrants as scapegoats, attacking and demeaning their religious beliefs and belittling their contribution and commitment to our country. His extreme vetting process does nothing but further target immigrants and create a culture of fear towards the other.
“This is not what our country stands for. We are a nation of immigrants who has welcomed people from all over the world and has benefitted from all they have to offer. Donald Trump’s policies are dangerous and would set a risky precedent. Trump is a danger to our values, to our standing in the international community, and to common human decency and respect.”
Washington, DC – Latino Victory Project is proud to welcome Stephanie Valencia to our National Committee. The National Committee is comprised of founding partners who help chart the course for the organization and serve in a strategic role in helping to identify Latino leaders across the country to run for office.
César J. Blanco, Latino Victory Project interim director, said, “We are excited to welcome Stephanie Valencia to our National Committee. Stephanie is a seasoned political operative and public servant with a breadth of experience in political campaigns and government. She has been a great ally for Latino Victory, and we are looking forward to having her input and knowledge as we work to increase Latino political power and participation.”
Stephanie Valencia, “I am thrilled to join the Latino Victory Project National Committee. The success of our country is inextricably tied to the success of the Latino community. Building and nurturing Latino leadership is paramount to continue moving this country forward and ensuring everyone has a voice at the table, and I am glad to help advance that work as part of Latino Victory.”
Stephanie Valencia Bio:
Stephanie Valencia is one of Washington, DC’s leading political strategists, having spent over ten years working on campaigns, in Congress and building coalitions and running issue campaigns from the the White House, Department of Commerce and now the private sector.
Stephanie is currently at Google’s Washington, DC policy office, managing the companies strategic outreach and partnerships with third party advocacy groups and think tanks. She works on issues ranging from the transatlantic digital agenda and user privacy to patent reform and broadband access.
Prior to serving at Google, Stephanie was Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary Penny Pritzker at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In her role, she oversaw all external engagement and strategic planning for the Secretary. She was a key player in the President’s trade agenda, playing a critical role in passing Trade Promotion Authority. Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Stephanie served for almost five years in the White House Office of Public Engagement, as Special Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director, overseeing critical engagement around the President’s top priorities such as immigration, Affordable Care Act implementation and confirmation of nominees. She served in the Office of Public Engagement from day one in 2009 where she originally handled outreach to the Hispanic community, immigration and housing.
Before the Obama Administration, Stephanie served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team and was Deputy Latino Vote Director on the 2008 Obama campaign. Stephanie has also served as Press Secretary to United States Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO), serving as his spokesperson and media advisor. She also worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as Special Assistant and Press Secretary to the Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, Congressman John Larson (D-CT), and as Press Secretary to Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA).
Stephanie started her career in the nation’s capital as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellow for the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, chaired by Senators Tom Dashcle (D-SD) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY). Stephanie, a graduate of Boston College, was born and raised in New Mexico. She and her husband Oscar live on Capitol Hill with their two dogs, Dug and Lucy.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Latino Victory Fund today announced the endorsement of Nevada State Senator Ruben Kihuen for Congress. If elected, Kihuen would be the first Hispanic elected to represent Nevada in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Ruben represents the future of Nevada leadership, and his public service record is living testimony that once elected to Congress, he will support issues that benefit the Latino community,” said César Blanco, Latino Victory interim director. “He has fought to improve the lives of his constituents every step of the way throughout his seasoned career in public service—including support for a minimum wage increase, college affordability and equal pay for equal work. We need more strong leaders in Congress who will speak up for our community, and Latino Victory is proud to stand with Ruben to ensure that he wins in November.”
Ruben Kihuen, candidate for Congressional District 4 in Nevada, said, “As an immigrant who was born in Mexico and came to this country in search of a better life, I’m incredibly grateful to the Latino Victory Fund for endorsing our campaign. In Congress, I will continue to fight for a stronger economy for all Nevadans by improving access to affordable education, raising the minimum wage, ensuring women get equal pay for equal work, and finally passing immigration reform. My opponent, Republican Congressman Cresent Hardy, is a reckless supporter of Donald Trump who couldn’t be more out of touch with the diverse district he’s supposed to represent in Washington. Whether it’s his disdain for Nevada’s public schools or his extreme votes to tear immigrant families apart, Latinos in the 4th District will have plenty of reasons to reject Congressman Hardy’s Tea Party record in November.”
Kihuen began his political career in 2007, when, after volunteering to elect Democrats, including U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, he stepped up to run for office and defeated a well-funded incumbent for a seat in the state assembly. After serving two terms in the assembly, Kihuen ran for the state senate, becoming one of the youngest senators in modern Nevada history. While in office, he created the Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus to ensure more Latino representation in the legislature. He also fought to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, ensure equal pay for equal work and make college more affordable. Kihuen also sponsored and passed legislation to provide drivers licenses for undocumented workers and fully fund English Language Leaners programs.
Born in Mexico, Kihuen was the first Mexican immigrant elected in Nevada to any public office. Kihuen and his family immigrated to the United States in search of a better life. Learning his work ethic from his parents who worked as a field laborer and a maid, he worked to support his way through college. For 10 years, Kihuen gave back to others by working with fellow students at College of Southern Nevada to ensure they had paths to good careers.