Saturday, February 24, 2024

Latino Issues Not Discussed During GOP Debate

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump shows off the size of his hands as rivals Rubio, Cruz and Kasich look on at the start of the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Detroit

Last night’s GOP debate was at times entertaining, ugly, and ridiculous. They discussed issues pertaining to the dismantling of the IRS to the size of Donald Trump’s body parts. Two hours of yelling, screaming and insults, but not a minute was spent discussing the issues that are important to Latinos in this election. Whomever the Republican candidate is will need at least 40 percent of the Latino vote in order to secure the presidency.

That is why it is surprising that Republicans have not attempted to discuss any of the issues that Lations face in this country. Issues not only pertaining to immigration reform, even though one out of five Latinos have a family member or friend that is undocumented as reported by Center for American Progress, but issues like education disparities, internet access disparities, and health care disparities were not discussed. Latinos were one of the groups most affected after the great recession losing two thirds of their household median income, according to a Pew study, and have only seen minimal improvements in the last few years.

“Yes, we should deport them,” Ted Cruz told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. “We should build a wall, we should triple the Border Patrol. Federal law requires that anyone who is here illegally that’s apprehended should be deported.” Cruz added, “We have law enforcement that looks for people who are violating the laws, that apprehends them and deports them.”

It is disgraceful to our community to see two men who are Latinos, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, on stage vowing time and time again to forcefully remove over 11 million undocumented immigrants and at the same time cut and slash social programs that Latinos rely upon. As a community, as Americans, we deserve better, we deserve to have the challenges and issues that we face to be discussed by Republican presidential candidates because if they don’t they shouldn’t count on our votes in November.