The president’s belligerence on the issue of respecting minorities in the U.S. as people is well known, and now, it’s finally catching up to him.
He stormed onto the American political scene by denouncing Mexican immigrants as harboring large populations of criminals, even though publicly available data makes it abundantly clear that Mexican immigrants — and immigrants as a whole — do not commit crimes at a rate higher than that found among people born in the U.S. Still, Trump made the drastic proposal to construct a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico to address the supposed problem of criminals crossing the border.
Now, with the president’s long established bigotry in view, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute has refused to invite President Trump to their annual convention, breaking with a four-decade-old tradition of having the sitting president speak.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro from Texas, who chairs the CHCI, explained his group’s move as directly connected to the president’s rhetoric, bluntly telling the Associated Press:
‘The president was not invited this year based on his slanderous comments and strongly disagreeable actions for the Latino community in the United States.’
Trump’s proposal for a border wall and his early denunciations of Mexican immigrants aren’t the end of what Rep. Castro describes as the president’s “strongly disagreeable actions” towards the U.S. Latino community.
As the AP notes, Trump recently issued a presidential pardon for former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of contempt of court for refusing to obey a court order demanding he stop checking people’s immigration statuses as part of his routine law enforcement. That wasn’t his job, but he insisted on doing it anyway.
Additionally, the president recently sounded the death knell for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, otherwise known as DACA, which allowed for hundreds of thousands of undocumented individuals brought to the U.S. as children to be free from the threat of deportation.
Even though Trump won’t be attending the CHCI’s annual convention, some members of his team will still be making a show of reaching out to the Latino community. The AP reports that U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza, the notoriously inept Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will all be attending Thursday’s annual convention of the generally conservative Latino Coalition.
Although the CHCI is technically non-partisan, all but two of the congresspeople who serve on the 25 member Advisory Council are Democrats. Indeed, Trump’s ideas aren’t new in the context of the Republican Party, and with the GOP having long proven to be not the greatest friend of minority communities — including Latinos — that isn’t exactly surprising.
Trump’s decision on DACA was to kick the can down the road, so to speak, giving Congress six months to come up with a new program before DACA is officially canceled. Thus, it remains to be seen just how much the president screws over America’s minority communities in however much time he has left in office. In the meantime, Trump, ever sensitive to the state of his public image, is sure to be taken aback by this snub from the CHCI.
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