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March 5, 2020

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  • Trump Has Failed Latino Communities
  • Trump Institutes 24-Hour Surveillance Of Immigrants And Continues Enforcing Unlawful Immigration Policy

Jason Rae
Democratic National Committee


Trump Has Failed Latino Communities

When Trump speaks at the Latino Coalition Legislative Summit today, he won’t be able to defend his failure to deliver for Latino families.

Trump’s tax law disproportionately failed to benefit Latinos.

New York Times: “As a result, the average tax cut going to a white American household is more than double one going to a black or Latino one.”

Center for Public Integrity: “Some of the biggest tax cuts in 2025 are for those earning more than $75,000, with rate reductions between 0.6 percent and 1.5 percent of income, according to JCT. About 44 percent of white Americans earn this amount compared with 24 percent of blacks and 30 percent of Hispanics, according to the Center’s analysis.”

Latinos represent 18 percent of the U.S. population, but Latino households received only about seven percent of Trump’s tax cuts.

Census Bureau: “Hispanics constituted 18.1 percent of the nation’s total population.”

New York Times: “Latinos got about 7 percent, although their share of all income is 8 percent. In total, the analysis estimates, whites will get $218 billion in tax cuts this year as a result of the law. Black and Latino Americans will get about $32 billion combined.”

Instead of boosting their incomes, wage growth and job creation have slowed for Latinos under Trump.

St. Louis Fed: Real weekly wages for Hispanic Americans increased by over 9% under Obama from the end of the recession, but have risen less than 4% under Trump.

BLS: After declining more than 7% under Obama, the Hispanic unemployment rate has only declined by 1.5% under Trump.

Trump’s decision to rescind DACA and eliminate protections for TPS recipients could devastate the Latino communities and the entire U.S. economy.

Center For American Progress: “Using data from two Center for American Progress publications—a report that estimates the gross domestic product (GDP) declines that would accompany removing all unauthorized workers from the country and a survey that estimates the share of DACA recipients who are employed—CAP estimates that ending DACA would result in a loss of $460.3 billion from the national GDP over the next decade. Ending DACA would remove an estimated 685,000 workers from the nation’s economy.” 

New American Economy: “In 2017, the 318,000 TPS recipients in the country earned almost $7.3 billion in total income. Their labor force participation rates were also particularly high, topping 94.1 percent… Meanwhile, although a relatively small population, TPS holders still paid an impressive $891 million into federal tax coffers.” 

New American Economy: “In 2017 alone, TPS holders and the DACA-eligible together contributed more than $5.5 billion in taxes, including almost $2.5 billion to state and local governments.”


Trump Institutes 24-Hour Surveillance Of Immigrants And Continues Enforcing Unlawful Immigration Policy

The Trump administration once again escalated its anti-immigrant agenda this week. It will continue its illegal policy of deporting migrants awaiting asylum, and is now conducting 24-hour surveillance of immigrants to increase arrests. Thanks to a just-released inspector general report, we also learned new details about how the administration carried out Trump’s cruel family separations at the border.

A court ruled that the Trump administration will be able to continue to enforce its illegal “Remain in Mexico” policy.

Wall Street Journal: “A federal appeals court for now agreed to narrow the effect of its recent ruling that blocked a Trump administration policy of returning immigrants at the southern U.S. border to Mexico while their requests for asylum are considered. The San Francisco-based Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in an order issued Wednesday, said it ruled correctly last week that the administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy is unlawful. But the court acknowledged the ‘intense and active controversy’ over nationwide injunctions against administration policies and said it would limit its ruling for now to the two border states within its jurisdiction: Arizona and California. That means the Trump administration could continue enforcing the policy in the border states of New Mexico and Texas for months while it mounts a Supreme Court appeal.”

The Trump administration began 24-hour surveillance and plans to deploy hundreds of officers in unmarked cars to arrest “as many undocumented immigrants as possible.”

New York Times: “Intensifying its enforcement in so-called sanctuary cities across the country, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun 24-hour-a-day surveillance operations around the homes and workplaces of undocumented immigrants. The agency plans to deploy hundreds of additional officers in unmarked cars in the coming weeks to increase arrests in cities where local law enforcement agencies do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.”

An inspector general report released today shows HHS officials failed to act on repeated staff warnings about Trump’s cruel family separations — and were told not to put controversial information into writing.

CNN: “Senior Department of Health and Human Services officials failed to act on repeated warnings from staff about family separations at the US-Mexico border, and staff members were advised not to put controversial information in writing, according to a HHS inspector general report released Thursday.”

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