Saturday, September 19, 2020

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Reaffirms Differences with Trump Policies

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After what was described as a genial, productive private sit-down with United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) President and CEO Javier Palomarez, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump agreed to a Q&A session with the Chamber on October 8, a conversation the USHCC has hosted with a handful of other candidates. The Monday meeting between Mr. Palomarez and Mr. Trump went so well, however, that when Mr. Palomarez praised the billionaire for his hospitality, his USHCC felt the need to reassure its members that in no way was that praise directed at the candidate Trump, overall.

“The USHCC disagrees with Donald Trump on immigration. Trump’s immigration plan is neither politically nor economically expedient,” the USHCC said in a statement released late Tuesday. “Comprehensive immigration reform is an economic imperative for our country. Our nation’s immigrants contribute greatly to America’s prosperity and allow us to remain competitive in a globalized economy.”

Mr. Palomarez had indicated to Mr. Trump in their meeting that his immigration plan – composed of mass deportations and a cartoonish wall on the Mexico-U.S. border for which Mexico would finance – would destroy the American hospitality, agricultural and technology sectors, where Latinos account for much of the production in those industries. Mr. Trump stuck to his guns, however, and seemed unfazed by negative press coverage and denouncements all across the Latino influencer landscape.

“Hispanics and immigrants have a huge contribution to the American economy, with a consumer purchasing power of $1.5 trillion dollars a year,” the USHCC stated in another email. Mr. Trump, for his part, still feels that his statements have been mischaracterized by the USHCC and, in turn, the media, who are apparently and uniquely out to get him – that is, require absolute accountability and comprehensive answers for what have been, thus far, hollow, ignorant proposals.

Should democracy prevail as it was intended, answers should come at the October 8 question-and-answer session.

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