Washington, D.C. – Today President-elect Donald Trump announced climate change denier Rick Perry as his pick to lead the Department of Energy. As Governor of Texas, Perry saddled up to big polluters at the expense of the residents of the Lone Star state. He appointed fellow climate skeptic Dr. Bryan Shaw to manage a $350 million budget as head of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) – whom the Environmental Defense Fund described as “hostile” towards the environment. And he even referred to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as an “act of God.”
According to Gallup, concern in the United States about global warming is at an eight-year high with 64% of Americans saying they are worried a great deal/fair amount about global warming. This concern is valid, and Americans throughout the country feel the consequences of pollution everyday: Latinos are overwhelmingly affected by the quality of air and water; we are 60% more likely to end up in the hospital because of asthma, and Latino children are 40% more likely to die from asthma than non-Latino whites due to pollution in our communities.
Please see below for a statement from Cristóbal J. Alex, President of Latino Victory Fund:
“Trump’s pick of climate change denier, failed Dancing with the Stars contestant, and former Governor of Texas, Rick Perry for Secretary of the Department of Energy warrants concern and outrage. If Rick Perry couldn’t even remember the name of the agency – which at the time he wanted to get rid of – he most definitely should not be the person running it.
“Rick Perry is a threat to clean energy, to our environment, our natural resources, and our health; he is committed to big polluters and special interests in favor of dirty energy that will further contaminate our air and water.
“This is another questionable and inexperienced pick for an administration full of cabinet members who don’t believe in the mission of the agencies they were tapped to lead, and have actively worked against it. Once again, unbelievable and unacceptable.”
Washington, D.C. – Today Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced The Bridge Act, bipartisan legislation to provide legislative relief to nearly 800,000 DREAMers with DACA.
Please see below a statement from Cristóbal J. Alex, President of Latino Victory Fund:
“We applaud Senator Durbin and Senator Graham for coming together to bring forth the Bridge Act as an urgent emergency response to President-elect Trump’s threat to put DREAMers in danger of deportation by revoking DACA on the first day of his presidency.
“While the Bridge Act is not the long term solution that our community and our country need, it is imperative that we pass this bipartisan legislation in order to provide protection to the nearly 800,000 DREAMers with DACA who are Americans in all but paper and contributing to our country, our communities and our economy every day.
“For long Republicans have said their issue with DACA and DAPA are not the programs themselves, but that they were put in place through executive order. If that is truly the case, there is no excuse for Republicans not to support this bill and protect immigrant youth through immediate Congressional action.
“We will do everything in our power to protect DACA and guarantee that it is not repealed without a legislative solution that ensures that DREAMers can continue studying, working, and living their life without fear of deportation. Latino Victory is committed to all of our undocumented brothers and sisters, and we will continue fighting for a broader solution that gives permanent relief for DREAMers and all undocumented families.
“It’s time for Republican leaders in Congress to do their job and take urgent action to protect undocumented youth.”
Washington, DC – President-elect Trump has nominated CEO of CKE Restaurants, Andy Puzder, for the position of Labor Secretary. Please see below for a statement from Cristóbal J. Alex, President of Latino Victory Fund.
“We are appalled, but not surprised, by Trump’s pick for Secretary of the Department of Labor. Regardless of his campaign rhetoric, the truth is that Donald Trump built his empire by cheating workers and scamming contractors. Like Trump, Andy Puzder supports policies that will benefit corporations and not working families: he opposes raising the minimum wage, overtime privileges, and workplace regulations.
“Puzder’s disregard for workplace protections and healthcare benefits is concerning and it contradicts the mission of the Department that Trump tapped him to lead, which is to enforce laws that protect workers and unions.
“Hard-working Americans deserve a Labor Secretary that will fight for their rights and work to improve their livelihood. Latinos will be greatly affected by the Department of Labor’s new leadership, and Latino Victory will follow in the footsteps of Latino labor leaders before us and be an ally in the fight for policies that protect our workers’ rights and condemn policies that prevent our community from getting ahead.”
Washington, D.C. – Today President Trump nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Read Latino Victory Fund President Cristobal J. Alex’s statement in response below:
“The EPA’s mission is to protect our communities’ health and our environment, unfortunately Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has a record of fighting against the agency’s mission in favor of special interests – fighting clean air protections, opposing climate policies, and prioritizing profits over the health and well-being of Americans. America deserves an EPA Administrator who serves the people and works to tackle the environmental challenges ahead of us, and quite simply, Pruitt is unfit and unprepared to carry out the immense responsibilities that EPA administrators hold.
“Environmental issues are personal and top of mind for Latinos. Millions of Latinos live in a handful states on the front lines of climate change impact, half of all U.S. Latinos live in the country’s most polluted cities, and Latino children are more likely to die from asthma than non-Latino whites.
“Ninety-four percent of Latino voters agree that protecting our land and water is a priority in order to safeguard our families, our community, and leave a safe environment for our children, and 9 in 10 Latinos support action on climate change. Latino Victory will continue fighting for efforts to reduce air, water, and climate pollution, and we will keep supporting policies that create good paying clean energy jobs.”
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday Congressman Tony Cárdenas was elected to a newly created position in the Democratic Caucus for Members who have been in office for less than five terms.
“Latino Victory Fund congratulates Rep. Tony Cárdenas on his recent election to House Democratic leadership. It’s clear that his peers in Congress see what we see in Cárdenas: a fierce leader and advocate for Latinos and all Americans,” said Cristóbal J. Alex, president of Latino Victory Fund. “We trust him to continue working for the issues that Latinos care about, and we look forward to seeing him rally his fellow Democrats to work together and protect our community and our progressive wins throughout a Trump-Pence administration.”