BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Because party affiliation is not brought into the elections for city commission or city council, many voters do not know whether their mayor is a Democrat or a Republican.

That is not the case with Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez. When Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden announced his agenda for the Latino community – Todos Con Biden – recently, Mendez came out in support.

“This is about the entire latino community. I’m so excited to see some of the policy initiatives that Vice President Biden is proposing for the latino community. Our best asset is our people,” Mendez (pictured above) said, in a Biden-issued news release.

“If we’re discriminated against by the President of the United States or he thinks that we’re un-American or that we are not entitled to certain benefits because of where we may come from that immediately puts us at a disadvantage. We need to level the playing field,” Mendez added.

Biden’s document on Hispanic outreach came before he chose U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate. 

On that front, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Laredo had this to say: “Senator Kamala Harris being named as the Democratic nominee for Vice President is a historic moment for our country. Not only has she been an advocate for change, but she is exactly the type of experienced leader we need to help Joe Biden take the White House in November.”

Cuellar said Harris has “more than proven herself” in the United States Senate and as California Attorney General. 

“She is an embodiment of the American Dream and will continue the fight in guaranteeing that families across our nation receive equal opportunities – in turn creating a better and brighter future,” Cuellar said. “I am a strong believer in this presidential ticket and will work to ensure that come November 4, 2020, we wake up to a country celebrating the election of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.”

Biden’s Hispanic outreach document starts off by saying the Latino community is a core part of the American story and their contributions are evident in every part of society. 

“Our nation’s ability to draw hard-working, aspirational people from every culture, from every nation is an indisputable strength. Our diversity is the source of America’s constant renewal — the reason we’ve been able to remake ourselves over and over.”

The document says Biden will ensure everyone is treated with dignity – no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. “Everyone means everyone,” it states.

On health care, the document says quality, affordable health care will be a right under a Biden presidency. It says Biden will raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour “so that people can live with dignity.” It says Biden’s investments in education will ensure that one’s income or zip code will not determine one’s future. And on immigration, it says Biden will treat those seeking safety and a better life and those hiding in the shadows with dignity and respect. 

“Today, a full quarter of all children in the US are Latino. Our collective success depends upon the success of the Latino community,” the Biden document states.

“Biden has worked with and supported the Latino community for decades, standing shoulder to shoulder with President Obama to pass the landmark Affordable Care Act, strengthening worker’s rights and defeating the National Rifle Association to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines.”

Further, it states, during the Obama years, the high school dropout rates among Latinos was reduced by more than a half.

“The Administration’s economic recovery programs helped to slash Latino unemployment to 5.9% in 2016, down from a nearly 13% peak in 2009. And, Biden led the Administration’s Central America strategy, securing $750 million to invest in the security and prosperity of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, so fewer families would ever have to make the unforgiving journey north.”

The document adds that Biden knows the Latino community and they know him.

“He will be ready on Day 1 to implement the changes needed for the Latino community to thrive. Biden is running for president to restore the soul of the nation and rebuild the middle class so that this time everyone comes along.”

Trump’s Hispanic Prosperity Initiative

President Trump is also hoping to get a large number of Hispanics to support him on Election Day. Recently he signed an executive order aimed at improving the prosperity of Hispanics. 

Trump’s executive order said the success of Hispanic Americans is integral to the economic future of our country.  

“As more than 60 million Hispanics live in the United States today, Hispanics are the largest minority group in the country. Hispanics are also the Nation’s youngest major racial or ethnic group. Generations of Hispanics constituting different backgrounds and cultures have contributed to building a strong and prosperous America. Their collective contributions continue a legacy of inspiration that is a cherished part of the American experience.”

The executive order said that while the administration celebrates the many ways Hispanic Americans have contributed to the nation, it also recognizes that they face challenges in accessing educational and economic opportunities.  

“In the last three years, my Administration has supported school choice, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and new career pathways, including apprenticeships and work-based learning initiatives, because quality education options offering multiple pathways to economic success are critical to developing our Nation’s potential for the jobs of tomorrow,” the executive order stated.

Trump said his administration has also supported investment in economically distressed communities, including through Opportunity Zones, and economic opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses.  

“The initiative set forth in this order increases emphasis on the connection between educational and economic opportunities, and exploring and promoting opportunities for Hispanic Americans, both through and outside traditional education options, that lead to economic prosperity,” the executive order stated.

“Today, Americans have more paths to prosperity than any previous generation, and it is necessary to ensure that Hispanic Americans have every opportunity to access these pathways and to fulfill their educational and economic aspirations.”

Trump also signed an executive order aimed at expanding efforts across the entire federal government to deliver educational and economic opportunity for Hispanics.  

“At the heart of our strategy to create a prosperous future for every Hispanic American, as well as all Americans, is a great family of education. We are going to have a tremendous program, and we have,” Trump said.

“And, you know, we’re a believer in choice. Choice. The other folks don’t believe in choice, and choice is a great civil rights issue and maybe the great one of our times.”

Trump said he is going to fight to ensure that every Hispanic American parent has the freedom and the right to send their child to the public, private, charter, faith-based, magnet, home, or independent school of your choice.  

“And school choice is an incredible issue in many ways. It’s a political issue, I agree. Most people agree with us. The smart ones definitely agree with us,” Trump said.

“But it’s also a moral issue, and it really is a fundamental issue of civil rights. No American student should ever be trapped in a failing government school, which has happened so often for so many years. It’s one of the problems you see when you see these cities going up in flame.”

Trump said one of the most successful educational models is the charter school, which, he said, has been under unceasing attack from the radical left. “Charter schools have been incredible, but they’re under attack,” he said.

Trump said more than one million Hispanic American children attend charter schools, and nearly one in three charter school students is Hispanic American.  

“I’m proud that under my administration, we’ve delivered $1.5 billion for public charter schools. That’s a record. As long as I’m President, I will never let your charter schools be taken away from you, be taken down. I will never let you down. I will never let Hispanic American or any American down. That, I can tell you,” Trump said.

Trump added that under his leadership, the Hispanic American high school graduation rate has reached an all-time high, with the  dropout rate reaching an all-time low in the history of our country.  

“We’ve also delivered a $1 billion grant for minority-serving institutions, including Hispanic-serving institutions of higher learning.  Our new Hispanic Prosperity Initiative will also expand access to trade schools — something that’s been really badly missing. Trade schools. So important. Work-based learning and vocational education, so important.”

Editor’s Note: Click here to read President Trump’s Hispanic Prosperity Initiative. Click here to read Joe Biden’s ‘Biden and the Latin Community’ document.

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