As the emotions of Tuesday’s presidential election sink in, many of us feel at a loss for how we will come together after such divisive and uncivil conduct. And while we either celebrate or come to terms with the results, we must remember that campaign rhetoric is one thing, but governing is something else altogether.
Governing requires real-world decisions with real-world consequences. While anti-immigrant and anti-Latino rhetoric helped President-Elect Trump win the election, it did so by playing to unfounded fears. In reality, immigrants and Latinos are crucial assets to our nation which help raise the standard of living for all.
Our great nation has always been fueled by the hard work of immigrants who have risked everything in pursuit of the American Dream. Immigrants contribute far more economically than they draw from our system, and we need their entrepreneurial spirit now as much as ever. Chicanos Por La Causa will work with the new administration to make this case for America.
Many Latinos feel insulted or threatened by the rhetoric that has come out of this election season. And while Trump has proven that the presidency can still be won by alienating minority groups of all kinds, there is still hope for the future. America’s youth are already a minority-majority, and as the Latino population continues to grow, politicians will increasingly be unable to ignore our voice. Indeed, we are not without reason to celebrate: Tuesday’s election brought us a higher minimum wage in Arizona, a number of new “firsts” in congress, including the first Latina senator, and, finally, a repudiation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio by Arizona voters.
The greatness of any nation can be found, not in its palaces and monuments, but in how well it treats its most vulnerable. CPLC stands by our mission to represent and serve marginalized communities regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability, or religion. We promote political and economic empowerment leading to self-sufficiency and will support the President-Elect insofar as his policies align with these goals. However, we will always strongly oppose any leader who supports a racist, sexist, or anti-immigrant agenda.
Chicanos Por La Causa is a voice for the voiceless. If this is a cause you believe in, we invite you to join La Causa by supporting our programs and services. Join us in helping those in need help themselves. Join us in fighting for a nation which truly provides liberty and justice for all.