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Washington, D.C.— Cristóbal J. Alex, presidente de Latino Victory Project, hizo las siguientes declaraciones después de la confirmación de Betsy DeVos como secretaria de educación.

“Hoy, cincuenta senadores Republicanos le fallaron al pueblo estadounidense. Estos Republicanos ignoraron a miles de personas que llamaron a sus oficinas pidiendo que pusieran los intereses de nuestros estudiantes por delante de los intereses de su partido. Los electores no olvidarán que casi todos los senadores Republicanos votaron por una multi-millonaria quien ha pasado su carrera entera y ha gastado millones de dólares para privatizar al sistema educativo y disminuir su presupuesto federal. Recordaremos los nombres de estos senadores republicanos el día de la elección.

“Betsy DeVos es una de las personas con menos experiencia que ha sido nominada para liderar el Departamento de Educación. Por primera vez en la historia de nuestro país, un vicepresidente ha tenido que resolver un empate en el Senado en una nominación al gabinete presidencial. Este es el momento para empujar a líderes progresistas a lanzarse para dirigir las mesas directivas en escuelas alrededor del país, especialmente en la comunidad latina. Esta batalla es sólo el principio, y no nos quedaremos callados.”

Washington, D.C. – César J. Blanco, political director of the Latino Victory Project, issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, Neil Gorsuch:

“Gorsuch’s track record on women’s reproductive rights and issues of discrimination and police brutality suggests he doesn’t have all of our interests in mind nor that he could be independent of advancing Trump’s agenda and saying no to him once he goes too far. We urge Democrats to protect our values and give this potential justice the tough vetting and full consideration a position of this distinction deserves.The Supreme Court plays an indispensable role in our democracy. The Court is the ultimate arbiter of the Constitution and our ability to uphold fundamental American values that guarantee every person equal justice under the law.

“The radical actions taken so far by the president — including his discriminatory executive order on refugees and immigrants — make clear that the next justice to the Supreme Court must be willing to serve as a check on extremist and unconstitutional policies that undermine our system of self-governance and our justice system. Republicans have been rewarded for their obstructionism and refusal to confirm Judge Garland. It is a sad day in our democracy, and Republicans celebrating the success of their obstructionism should be ashamed of themselves.”

Washington, D.C. – Cristóbal Alex, president of the Latino Victory Project, issued the following statement in response to the decision by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez to comply with federal immigration detention requests:

“Millions of immigrant families are already feeling the consequences of Trump’s attack on our community: from creating a deportation force and imposing an unconstitutional travel ban on Muslims, to putting law-abiding immigrants including DREAMers in danger of deportation, and now targeting cities that protect undocumented immigrants. This is after just over one week in office. It is in urgent times like these that we look to our elected officials to stand up for our community like we have seen from mayors across the country. From Los Angeles to Boston, from Chicago to New York, mayors are standing up against Trump’s threats.

“It is disappointing and incomprehensible that Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez would give in to Trump’s hateful demands. Miami has been and will continue to be a city of immigrants. Making Miami-Dade’s jails turn into immigrant detention centers will undermine basic community policing policies proven to decrease crime and protect the community. Look no further than the protests happening at airports from coast to coast — folks from all walks of life have rallied to protest the immediate effects of the Muslim ban. It is crucial for elected leaders like Gimenez and others to listen to their constituents and do the right thing to protect all of us impacted by Trump’s inhumane orders.”

Washington, D.C. – César J. Blanco, political director of the Latino Victory Project, issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive actions on refugees today:

“It is disgraceful that Donald Trump signed an executive order restricting refugees, and on Holocaust Memorial Day of all days. Trump has sealed the doors of this country to thousands of refugees looking for a better life with a single stroke of a pen.”

Washington, D.C. – César J. Blanco, political director of the Latino Victory Project, issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive actions on immigration today:

“The executive actions on immigration announced by President Trump today are simply un-American. President Trump’s executive actions go against the principles and values that our country was founded on and will only tear families apart. These executive actions seem to be part of his efforts to delegitimize our democracy and our values. We must respond to his actions by defending Latinos and all minorities from threats against our humanity.

“Let’s pause and take a moment to think of how history will judge these executive actions. Now is the time for allies to cast aside the privilege of silence and inaction, to stand with Latinos, Muslims, refugees, immigrants of all walks of life, and minorities fearful for their lives. Inaction has led to some of the darkest moments in our history, and we know that silence will protect no one. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

“We believe in the legacy of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. They are symbols of our nation’s promise to welcome all and build a country together — a promise Trump has committed to trample on. Shame on him for sowing the seeds of hate and division. We will not allow him to tear us apart and cast our communities as criminals just for the color of our skin. This is not who we are as a country.

“We encourage everybody to check in on their loved ones and the most vulnerable in their communities. Show up for them, and let them know that we will press through the times ahead more ferocious than ever defending our people and the soul of our country.”