Author: maria-gonzalez

Washington DC — Cristóbal J. Alex, President of the Latino Victory Fund, issued the following statement after the details of the Republican health care bill were made public:

“Republicans made clear what we suspected all along, TrumpCare will cost Americans more money for their health care while providing them fewer benefits. This irresponsible bill will cause millions of Americans to lose their healthcare coverage, including millions of Latinos. Let’s remember that Latino uninsured rates dropped dramatically thanks to the Affordable Care Act and now Republicans want to take that progress away.

“Republicans are using TrumpCare to cut taxes on the very wealthy, making average Americans pay more taxes. This bill will raise premiums and costs on older Americans and will no longer make it possible for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions to get affordable healthcare. It’s also clear that TrumpCare will hurt millions of women and Latinas specifically who rely on preventative healthcare from Planned Parenthood.”

Washington DC — Today, President Trump reissued his Muslim travel ban with slight modifications to address the legal challenges presented by his initial order. Cristóbal J. Alex, President of the Latino Victory Fund, issued the following statement in response:

“We are sickened by Republicans’ continued efforts to masquerade their discrimination in the name of “national security.” We must not let any immigrants or refugees be used as political pawns. Trump himself called “for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on” when he was running for office. That is what he doing. A weakened ban is still a ban.

“We’ve had enough, and we will do everything in our power to mobilize our community leaders against this affront to democracy. This executive order is ineffective and does not reflect the values of America. The Department of Homeland Security concluded that ‘country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity.’ We urge our allies and communities to stay vigilant and stand up for immigrants and refugees regardless of what language they speak or what religion they practice.”

Washington, D.C.—Hoy, el presidente Trump introdujo una vez mas una orden ejecutiva para prohibir la entrada a los Estados Unidos a personas provenientes de siete países de mayoría musulmana. Esta vez, la orden ejecutiva tiene modificaciones leves para disminuir los obstáculos legales que presentó la orden emitida en febrero. Cristóbal J. Alex, presidente de Latino Victory Fund, hizo el siguiente comentario en respuesta:

“Los esfuerzos de los Republicanos de enmascarar su discriminación en el nombre de ‘seguridad nacional’ son descarados. No debemos permitir que utilicen a los inmigrantes o a los refugiados como partes de un juego político. Cuando Trump era candidato, el pidió una ‘prohibición total a la entrada de musulmanes a los Estados Unidos hasta que los representantes de nuestro país figuren lo que está sucediendo.’ Esto es lo que el hace hoy. Una prohibición debilitada sigue siendo una prohibición.”

“Ya basta. Haremos todo lo que podamos para movilizar a nuestros líderes comunitarios para luchar en contra de este insulto a los valores que otorga la Constitución a este país. Esta orden ejecutiva no refleja nuestros valores. El departamento de seguridad nacional concluyó que ‘el país de origen ciudadano es menos probable que sea un indicador de posible actividad terrorista.’ Le pedimos urgentemente a nuestros aliados y a nuestras comunidades que se mantengan informados y que luchen por los derechos de los inmigrantes y de los refugiados sin importar el idioma que hablen o la religión que practiquen.”

Released Feb. 28, 2017

Washington DC — Today, over one hundred Latino leaders from across the country met for a day-long strategy session to resist President Trump’s policies and simultaneously build Latino political power. Prominent leaders like California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Rep. Nanette Barrágan (D-CA), Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), and several Latino elected officials attended including New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Honorable Julián Castro. Newly elected Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and Deputy Chairman Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) delivered their first public remarks since their historic election as the first Latino and Muslim-American to lead the Democratic Party.

Watch the live stream from earlier today here.

“Today, we gathered Latino leaders from all across the country to develop strategies to protect our communities against Trump’s attacks as he prepared for his divisive address tonight,” said Cristóbal J. Alex, president of Latino Victory Fund. “Trump will be joined by several guests he handpicked to intimidate and distress our community. He continues to create an alternative reality where all immigrants are criminals, where all Muslims are terrorists, and where only his version is the truth. But it’s wrong. We’ve watched some of our own community leaders grow up to become the very role models we needed when we were younger. These are the leaders stepping up today to defend our communities and help us build Latino political power.”

Released Feb. 16, 2017
Washington, D.C. – Cristóbal J. Alex, President of the Latino Victory Project, issued the following statement responding to President Trump’s nomination of R. Alexander Acosta for Labor Secretary:

“We won’t simply celebrate Trump for doing the bare minimum by nominating one Latino to his cabinet — especially on the day when our communities and allies are marching in the streets and boycotting Trump’s anti-Latino policies. We urge the Senate to fully vet Acosta on the issues that matter most to our community: promoting paid family leave insurance, securing equal pay for equal work – including for Latinas, higher minimum wages, workplace protections, and protecting affordable health care access for women and families.

“The American people will be watching carefully and we will continue to show up to town halls, and calling our Senators incessantly to make sure that the pro-worker, pro-union policies and vision guide whomever the next Labor Secretary. Latino Victory will continue following in the footsteps of Latino labor leaders before us and be an ally in the streets, online, and to progressive elected officials who stand with us in building Latino political power.”