Yesterday, President Trump hosted a group of prominent Hispanic Americans, and announced a major “Hispanic Prosperity Initiative”.
Here is the opening statement and purpose of this initiative:
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to improve Hispanic Americans’ access to educational and economic opportunities, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Purpose. The success of Hispanic Americans is integral to the economic future of our country. As more than 60 million Hispanics live in the United States today, Hispanics are the largest minority group in the country. Hispanics are also the Nation’s youngest major racial or ethnic group. Generations of Hispanics constituting different backgrounds and cultures have contributed to building a strong and prosperous America. Their collective contributions continue a legacy of inspiration that is a cherished part of the American experience.
While we celebrate the many ways Hispanic Americans have contributed to our Nation, we also recognize that they face challenges in accessing educational and economic opportunities. In the last 3 years, my Administration has supported school choice, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and new career pathways, including apprenticeships and work-based learning initiatives, because quality education options offering multiple pathways to economic success are critical to developing our Nation’s potential for the jobs of tomorrow. My Administration has also supported investment in economically distressed communities, including through Opportunity Zones, and economic opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses. The initiative set forth in this order increases emphasis on the connection between educational and economic opportunities, and exploring and promoting opportunities for Hispanic Americans, both through and outside traditional education options, that lead to economic prosperity. Today, Americans have more paths to prosperity than any previous generation, and it is necessary to ensure that Hispanic Americans have every opportunity to access these pathways and to fulfill their educational and economic aspirations.
Is this designed to be beneficial to Hispanic* Americans? Obviously the answer is yes.
Will it result in more votes for President Trump in November – from a segment that already provides Mr. Trump with substantially more support than Black voters, the next-largest minority? I would think that to be a very high likelihood.
Will Democrats, who never proposed such an initiative when they held the Presidency – not even when, for two years during the Obama administration, they held both the presidency and 60% majorities in both houses of congress – find ways of attacking this initiative? I would bet body parts that they will. Politically, they have to.
Will mainstream media, including venues aimed at Hispanic audiences, join Democrats in the attack? I don’t know, but given the virtually unwavering obeisance of Univision and Telemundo, it is an excellent bet.
Stay tuned. We’ll be talking about this more, as the political scenery unfolds.
*I have usually called this population segment “Latino”, but that seems to have gone out of favor compared to “Hispanic”, so that is what it will be from now on .