Latinos Usher in a New Era: It’s President Trump

By DrVMDS on January 22, 2017

This piece originally appeared on NBCNews.com.

WASHINGTON — Latinos in the nation’s capital were absorbing the seismic political shift created as Donald Trump took the oath and faced the world as the nation’s 45th president.

For Victor Diaz, 58, of Lansing, Michigan, it was a celebratory time.

“I’m a big Trump supporter; I’m a big supporter of individual rights and freedoms,” said Diaz, who described himself as an “Atlas Shrugged” fan. The book is considered a “bible” for those who advocate for little government and unfettered libertarian policies. “I think Hispanics by nature are driven to more entrepreneurial enterprises to just drive and make the best for their families and that’s what Trump supports.That’s what he wants.”

Erick Walden, 24, born in Nicaragua and living in Virginia, carried with him a Hillary Clinton face cutout. He said he and his father had been to the Obama inauguration and came to this too to continue the tradition.

But they stood among a crowd of fellow Hillary supporters and protesters who chanted about Trump, “not my president.” Walden said that made the event “good.”

“I saw him swearing that he’s going to respect the Constitution of the United States — he’s not going to do it,” said Walden. “I don’t believe he’s going to last two, more than two years. He’s going to be involved in too many scandals. He’s going to try to raise money for himself.”

In his first remarks as commander in chief, Trump struck a different tone than the “hope and change” espoused by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.

In stark terms, Trump said, “This American carnage stops right here,” describing a country of shuttered factories, dilapidated infrastructure and battered inner cities. Continue Reading

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By DrVMDS on January 17, 2017

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By DrVMDS on January 13, 2017

Latino Pulse: Obama Bids Adiós With Optimism, Warning on Race

By DrVMDS on January 11, 2017

This piece originally appeared on NBCNews.com.

Class was in session. In his farewell address to the nation President Obama was the consummate professor — reviewing what the basis of our Democracy is and what we have accomplished in the span of 240 years, while reminding us that change is painful, slow, and even sometimes regressive.

The history lesson was interesting. But it just wasn’t wonkiness for wonkiness sake. President Obama’s deliberate review of the bones of our democratic system and our genesis as a country provided a big picture. And this broad overview was targeted to a very specific group of Americans – all of the ones that voted against President Elect Donald Trump.

President Obama’s take home message was “it’s going to be OK”—our political system can be shaken but its foundations are strong.

For the first several minutes of President Obama’s speech we were planted into a seat of American History 101. He reminded us that the birth of our country is the triumph of a republic over a tyranny and the drive to achieve a more perfect union. At the same time the President highlighted that our democracy does not guarantee uniformity and that while it can take two steps forward it also takes steps back. Continue Reading

Lack of Latino Nominees in Trump’s Cabinet Is Not Surprising

By DrVMDS on December 29, 2016

This piece originally appeared on NBCNews.com.

President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet is almost complete. And there’s no denying its diversity — that is of the billionaires and just plain multi-millionaires, as former Obama adviser David Axelrod pointed out.

The incoming Cabinet is set to be the least racially and ethnically diverse in close to three decades. And as far as Latinos — zero — not one has been named. To put things in perspective, Latinos constitute over 17 percent of the population. Multimillionaires and beyond constitute a fraction of 1 percent of the population.

Recently there’s been some half-hearted flirtation with former California Lt. Gov. Abe Maldonado and former Texas A&M President Elsa Murano for agriculture secretary but I’m not holding my breath.

Since 1988, a Latino has had a seat at one of the most powerful tables — the American presidential Cabinet. President Ronald Reagan was the first to appoint a Latino, Lauro Cavazos as secretary of education. In all, 12 Latinos have served in presidential Cabinets. With seven appointments, the Democrats edge out the GOP’s five appointments. The highest-ranking Latino in a Cabinet position, in terms of line of succession, was Attorney General Alberto Gonzales who served in the George W. Bush administration. Continue Reading

The Businessman President Should Leave Sanctuary Cities Alone

By DrVMDS on December 5, 2016

This piece originally appeared on NBCNews.com

President-elect Trump’s immigration enforcement is about to come to a city near you, well, at least if you find yourself in one of the 300 sanctuary cities across the country.

What is a sanctuary city? There’s not one official definition but it’s basically municipalities that don’t alert federal authorities about people in their city who lack legal status or go out of their way to find them.

Beyond the shorthand of what side of the immigration debate you’re on—if you want to build the wall or prefer comprehensive immigration reform—most of us aren’t versed in the policy technicalities of how extensively local and federal immigration law enforcement authorities work together. It’s not a one-size-fits all concept.

Nevertheless, President-elect Trump on his first day in office will cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities. Just to name two of the biggies, there’s Los Angeles receiving half a billion and New York with $10 billion in federal funding.

President-elect Trump’s punishment to sanctuary cities is both steep and nonsensical.

To begin, sanctuary cities are not a shield against deportation. If a person is undocumented and resides in one of the 300 sanctuary entities, they do not get a “pass.” Federal immigration law enforcement can come to a person’s home, work, you name it, and execute a deportation order anywhere in the United States. Continue Reading

MSNBC’S Alex Witt: Sanctuary Cities

By DrVMDS on November 27, 2016

These 3 Swing States Show the Diversity of ‘The Latinos’

By DrVMDS on November 3, 2016

This piece originally appeared on NBCNews.com

Donald Trump might refer to the Latino community as “The Hispanics,” but the more than 57 million people and 27 million eligible voters are hardly a monolith.

So if we really want to understand “The Latinos” or the Latino vote, let’s look at three states – Florida, Arizona, and North Carolina. They’re swing states where their different Latino populations will play a pivotal role on Election Night. Continue Reading

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