A New Day Of Governance As Biden Delivers On Initial Promises To Latino Community In Virtual Meeting
Mi Familia Vota Will Continue To Keep The Pressure On New Administration
Washington D.C. – Thursday, Executive Director and CEO of Mi Familia Vota Hector Sanchez Barba and other Latino leaders met with Senior Latino Cabinet officials and President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris for a two-hour meeting to discuss the priorities of the Latino and immigrant community. During the meeting, Sanchez Barba highlighted some of the policy priorities and expectations of the Latino community for the new administration.
The Biden-Harris transition team convened the meeting of Latino leaders to preview the new administration’s COVID-19 response, including their strategy for health and economic relief for communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic, as well as their immigration plan. Latinos are twice as likely to get the coronavirus and three times as likely to die from it, and more than half of Hispanics have lost a job, wages, or a business due to the pandemic.
When President-Elect Biden was running for office, he held a town hall with Mi Familia Vota in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the town hall, we challenged the President-Elect to appoint four Latinos to his cabinet and introduce immigration reform in the first one hundred days of office. We are proud to say that the Vice President is keeping his promises to the Latino community: He has appointed four Latinos to his cabinet and he announced that they will be releasing an immigration reform bill in the first hundred days of Congress with some executive orders.
Statement from Hector Sanchez Barba, Executive Director and CEO of Mi Familia Vota on meeting with President-Elect Biden and Vice-President Elect Harris:
“It is a new day of governance in the nation and we are very hopeful and optimistic. After 4 years of total exclusion of Latinos and immigrants from the White House, this new administration is immediately opening its doors for strategic engagement. We are pushing for constant structural inclusion and representation of Latinos at all levels of government and implementation of policy priorities that benefit our communities and all Americans. We have not seen the last of the Trump era’s turbulence, but this is clearly the beginning of a new era. Mi Familia Vota will continue to hold this new administration and all politicians accountable.”
Read Out Of Meeting
- During the meeting, our Executive Director respectfully asked that the administration work harder to provide protections for Latinos and immigrants during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Sanchez Barba also pushed for greater representation of Latinos in the highest levels of government and throughout the administration.
- The coalition leaders praised Biden and his team for the diversity of the incoming administration so far, while also reminding him of the many challenges facing the Latino community.
We are pleased to see the following policy wins in the Biden Administrations Covid Relief Plan:
- $1,400 checks–including adult dependents and mixed-status households.
- $400/week supplemental unemployment insurance through September.
- 14 Weeks Paid Sick and Family & Medical Leave.
- $15/hr min wage.
- $3,000 child tax credit and an EITC expansion that “would cut child poverty in half” with Black and brown children making up over half the children who benefit.
- Eviction moratorium through September with more state and local aid.
- Substantial state and local aid, funding to re-open schools safely, and expanded SNAP and WIC benefits.
- Funding for vaccine production and equitable distribution, free vaccinations, and protections for essential workers.
- And much more.
Mi Familia Vota builds Latino political power as a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.