With the general election only days away, and as many states have already started the voting process, It is imperative to make clear that:
El Diario endorses Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.
El Diario opposes Donald Trump candidacy, rejects his ideology as extremist and racist; warns of the danger of a fascist surge – in the form of Trumpism – in our country, and denounces that Trump’s personality not only disqualifies him for the post, but it would also bring an unprecedented social upheaval, test the strength of democracy, and pose an unprecedented threat to the freedom of press.
Particularly, El Diario rejects and condemns Trump-led expressions, plans and incitements against Latinos in the U.S. in general, and immigrants in particular.
At the same time, and after endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, El Diario wishes to make clear that this support is not unconditional. In defense of the interests of Hispanics, we will follow closely her administration’s actions, and, if necessary, our editorial page will express criticism or protest.
Once she reaches power, as we wish she will, the new president will must fulfill the political promises she has made to earn the Latino vote. Among them, promoting and passing immigration reform in her first 100 days in office.
In fact, during the primaries against Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton adopted some of his stances on immigration, specifically a reform with a pathway to citizenship:
“We need comprehensive immigration reform with a path to full and equal citizenship. If Congress won’t act, I’ll defend President Obama’s executive actions — and I’ll go even further to keep families together. I’ll end family detention, close private immigrant detention centers, and help more eligible people become naturalized,” said Clinton.
And during the Univision Democratic debate she told a woman whose husband was deported and stayed in the country with her kids: “And I will do everything I can to prevent other families from facing what you are facing. And I will do everything I can to pass laws that would bring families back together.”
In her official platform, Clinton promises to introduce immigration reform during her first 100 days in office, and “fix the family visa backlog.” She will also “end the three- and 10-year bars forcing families to choose between remaining in the shadows or pursue a green card by leaving the country and loved ones behind.”
But immigration reform is only one of our community’s worries. Another one is health care, which was expanded with Obamacare and now needs to consolidate and grow. In that sense, the candidate’s platform vows to “expand access to affordable health care to families regardless of immigration status by allowing families to buy health insurance on the health exchanges regardless of their immigration status” if they wish so.
We stress the importance of keeping and expanding healthcare plans affordable for Latinos, and we acknowledge that she is promising to fulfill that.
When it comes to education, we support her plan to expand access so more students can enroll in universities and community colleges. Our students get into debt or drop out of school because they can’t afford their dream career. This help is crucial, as well as focusing on a curriculum that prepares the students for today’s technological and competitive world.
As for employment, we need to keep up the current pace of job creation. Even though employment has improved relatively in the past years, salaries remain low for minorities. Raising the federal minimum wage must be the priority, in order to put pressure on the states to follow the same path.
Therefore, it is important for president Hillary Clinton to keep the promises of candidate Hillary Clinton in those and many more issues that concern the community, such as support for Army veterans, campaign finance reform, respect for LGBT rights and much more.
And even though she may not be the perfect candidate, as some of the documents unveiled by WikiLeaks suggest, this moment calls for joining forces around a historical presidential bid that would put a woman in the White House for the first time, in order to prevent a social and economic crisis with terrible consequences if Trump were to be elected.
Vote for Hillary Clinton for President of the United States! Let’s stop Donald Trump!