Latino Political Leaders Are Drafting a Plan to Counter Donald Trump's Immigration Agenda

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As President Donald Trump prepares for his first address to a joint session of Congress next week, Latino political leaders are getting ready to counter his controversial agenda.

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According to The New York Times, The Latino Victory Fund, a political action committee that helps elect progressive Latino leaders, will meet on Tuesday, the day of Trump's talk, to recruit candidates from the local, state and federal levels who can resist the president's policies, particularly around immigration.

“As the president is outlining his plans to break up families, roll back civil rights protections and gut the environment, we are going to be finalizing our strategy to defeat him,” Cristóbal Alex, the president of the Latino Victory Project, a civic group associated with the PAC, told the newspaper.

According to the event’s organizers, prospective attendees currently include Xavier Becerra, the California attorney general; Tom Perez, secretary of labor to President Barack Obama and current candidate for DNC chair; and Julián Castro, Obama’s secretary of housing and urban development, among other elected officials from across the country.

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“[Trump] literally started his campaign on Day 1 by attacking us, and his policies have reflected that, so we need to build up our power and fight back,” Alex said.

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Raquel is the Politics & Culture Editor and Latina magazine, writing on all things policy, social justice, cultura and health. Formerly at millennial news site Mic, Raquel's work can also be found at the New York TimesCosmo for Latinas, the Washington Post, the Independent and more. A proud NuyoFloRican chonga, when Raquel's not talking Latina feminism, racial justice, the "x" in Latinx or the prison industrial complex, she's going on and on about the Puerto Rican diaspora in Orlando, Fla. Follow her on TwitterInstagram and Snapchat at @RaquelReichard.


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