FACT SHEET: Trump Has Failed Latinos

Trump promised Latinos he would give them more opportunities and chances to succeed, but time and time again, Trump has broken his promises to the community. Trump has made it more difficult for Latinos to get ahead. And now, his failed coronavirus response is disproportionately harming Latinos.

Trump failed to address racial disparities present in the coronavirus pandemic and botched the rollout of aid to Latino small business owners.

  • As Trump failed to mount a serious response to the coronavirus, unemployment has been particularly high for Black and Latino workers and business owners. As of June, Latino unemployment was 14.5%.

  • Black- and Latinx-owned businesses suffered as the Trump administration botched the delivery of assistance to small businesses hurt by the coronavirus.

Trump has repeatedly stoked racial and cultural divisions to demonize Latinos.

  • As president, Trump said undocumented immigrants were “invading” and “infesting” our country. He said our immigration policy should be “you can’t come in.”

  • Trump declared a national emergency and illegally diverted money from military construction projects to pay for his border wall. He repeatedly threatened to shut down the government and veto funding for essential programs if taxpayers didn’t fund his border wall.

Trump’s immigration policies have cruelly torn Latino families apart.

  • Trump illegally rescinded the DACA program and sabotaged every bipartisan immigration deal that would have protected American Dreamers.

  • After the Supreme Court blocked Trump’s attempt to end the Obama-era DACA program, the Trump administration announced it will not accept new applications.

  • The Trump administration separated more than 1,100 migrant families at the border, with no system to bring them back together.

Instead of bringing wage growth and job creation to Latino communities, Trump has made it harder for Latinos to succeed.

  • Job creation for Hispanic Americans has slowed under Trump.

  • Latinos were disproportionately left out on the benefits from Trump’s tax law, and many will actually face higher taxes by 2027.

  • Trump’s budgets sought to slash funding for SNAP benefits, which help about 10 million Latinos and lifted nearly 2.5 million Latinos out of poverty in 2015 alone.

  • Trump’s decision to rescind DACA and eliminate protections for TPS recipients could devastate Latino communities and the entire U.S. economy.

  • Trump has repeatedly denied climate science, even as climate change is expected to have a disproportionate negative impact on Latino communities.

Trump’s attacks on health care have disproportionately affected Latino communities. 

  • Trump’s health care sabotage jeopardizes significant gains among Hispanic communities.

  • Trump proposed massive cuts to Medicaid, which provides health coverage for about 32% of non-elderly Hispanics.