In the midst of the effervescence of the new administration and its initial actions, we wanted to ask the top Latino leaders of the Nation their position on the new government, how were they coping with the Trump administration and what they were planning to do about it, in order to keep advancing their own goals and missions.
These are some of the top leaders from leading organizations that represent thousands. Added together, they make millions as a good part of the Hispanic community of the United States. It is a very impressive list, thoughtful leaders, some of the brightest minds and best advocates for Latinos.
The main question was: "How are you trying or working with the new Government?" What challenges or advantages for your organization or the Latino community do you see with the new administration?"
The answers and comments are very interesting. But at the same time they leave the door open for the next big question: "Is there a common strategy? Is there a call-to-action for specific results? Are they each planning to keep doing their work from their different position or come together with a unified position?"
The following quotes and comments were extracted from larger interviews we received and reflect the organization's leader point of view and character.
President of LULAC
"I DO WANT TO REASSURE THE COMMUNITY THAT LULAC IS GOING TO BE DOING WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING FOR 88 YEARS AND THAT'S LOOKING OUT FOR THE LATINO COMMUNITY, WE ARE THERE."
"... you're going to have to find people that are going to bring you the solutions and that's where we're looking and that's what we bring to the table. Solutions. How are we going to make this work?"
"Let's help these young Dreamers that are here, who are going through college, getting their Masters, their Doctors, working as nurses. Let's get them situated where they can be productive members of the community. We should not declare war on those dreamers that are here. We need to give them an opportunity."
"We are not in it For the glory. We're in it to help the community. That's what LULAC does. That's what LULAC has been doing for 88 years."
"... we expect to have senior ALPFA leaders working in the Trump Administration."
I would ask Trump...
"We don't need anything from President Trump. I would ask him not to deport as many Latinos as President Obama. I would make sure he knows that Mexico is our #2 trading partner in the world and not to screw that up. I would tell him to control the export of American guns and weapons to Mexico that is fueling much of the violence there."
"... trying to get as many qualified Latinos to serve in good paying jobs in the government, across all agencies."
CEO OF HACR
"... we are very concerned about the fact that President Donald Trump has created an environment that is counterproductive to Hispanic Inclusion in Corporate America."
"WE BELIEVE THAT, GIVEN TRUMP'S RHETORIC, CORPORATE AMERICA NEEDS TO ELEVATE, REINFORCE, AND STRENGTHEN ITS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION PRACTICES."
"It is our responsibility to communicate with Corporate America to get the assurance that any new hiring announcements are consistent with their diversity and inclusion initiatives."
"... HACR is committed to helping those companies who are ready to pledge to diversity and Hispanic inclusion."
"President Trump has proven to be unpredictable, erratic, and untrustworthy. His message has not been friendly or positive to the Latino community."
"These companies who are engaging with the Trump administration cannot compromise their diversity and inclusion strategies, and they certainly cannot look at the Trump administration as a model for their diversity practices."
"Given that these departments have alliances with Corporate America, HACR is well-positioned to advance our mission of Hispanic inclusion in Corporate America by collaborating on key initiatives that are consistent with our mission."
I WOULD ASK TRUMP ...
"We would remind President Trump that the U.S. economy cannot succeed without the estimated $1.5 trillion economic buying power of the Latino consumer, and the over $600 billion in revenue generated by Hispanic-owned businesses."
"His campaign message that one can be unqualified for a job because of their...