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November 1 National Day of Remembrance of Latinxs killed by Covid-19

43,953 Latinxs are reported to have lost their lives to COVID-19 through Tuesday, Oct. 13. As the pandemic takes a spike in the month of October and November with the feared “second wave,” many more are expected to die in isolation and without the assistance of family or relatives, due to health disparities and their position as essential workers at the forefront of the pandemic.

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According to a report from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for fiscal year 2018, just over 1,600 homicide convictions were on the criminal records of people arrested by ICE for being in the country illegally. ICE reported a similar number of homicide convictions (1,531) the previous year. This is well below the 10,150 claimed by numbers reported on social media.

The Catholic Church celebrates All Saints’ Day on 1 November, followed by All Souls’ Day on 2 November.  The holiday is a Solemnity in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, a Festival in the Lutheran Churches, as well as a Principal Feast of the Anglican Communion.

However, Donald Trump continues to divide the nation by declaring 1 November as a “National Day of Remembrance for Americans Killed by Illegal Aliens” nationwide. Adding insult to injury, the President continues in his senseless crusade against the Latinx community.

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A long-run strategy against the Latinx community

Obsessed with the influx of immigrants through the southern border, in the spring of 2018, as thousands of Central American families crossed to seek asylum, the Justice Department ordered the arrest of migrants entering the country without authorization.

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Protests in Elizabeth, NJ about immigrant children detention. Photo credit Chris Boese – Unsplash.com

Jeff Sessions, the attorney general at the time, said, “We need to take away children.” It made no difference how young they were. This forced the separation of hundreds of families, even the removal of infants from nursing mothers.

Later, national and international response against this cruelty led the administration to rescind that family separation policy. Still, hundreds of Latinx children are still roaming around separated from their families of origin.

The Administration changed its attack strategy by shutting out asylum seekers through increasing delays in administrative detail, pausing legal processes and ignoring legality.

“Grand” ideas to contain the influx of Latinx immigrants

In March of 2020, the Oval Office met with President Trump fuming about migrants. According to a report, as “White House advisers listened astonished, he ordered them to shut down the entire 2,000-mile border with Mexico — by noon the next day.”

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When told that was not feasible, then we continued to offer other grand ideas. The report continues, “Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh. After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal.”

However, in that same March meeting, aides recalled, “He suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down.” Aids advised against it as an illegal action.

The “immigration czars,” names to be remembered by Latinxs

Policy czars are typically based out of the White House, where they oversee issues across multiple agencies.

Thomas D. Homan, who had served as Mr. Trump’s acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, recalled that week in March. “The president wanted it to be fixed quickly.” Homan retired in 2017 from the job when the Senate delayed his nomination.

Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was taped for as immigration czar at the Homeland Security Department. He now serves as the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security.

Cuccinelli’s pending hiring was intended in part to reassure White House and Homeland Security officials who worried that Kevin McAleenan, the acting Homeland Security secretary, wasn’t aggressive enough to address the crisis at the border.

Latinxs The reality of Latinxs COVID-19 death numbers is not “fake news”

Latinos and black people together comprise 55% of coronavirus cases, nearly double their U.S. population makeup, according to CDC data released June 15, 2020.

The U.S. COVID-19-associated hospitalization rate is 193.7 per 100,000, according to CDC data updated on Oct. 23, 2020. That is compared to 120.9 on July 24. Hospitalization rates for Latinos are 4.5 times the rate among Whites.

Nationwide, Latinos are 3.2 times more likely to have died than Whites, when age is taken into account.

This November 3rd, make your decision to vote based on real facts. #LatinasVote #RegainourLatinoPower

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2016 Presidential candidates on economic impact of undocumented immigrants

At the moment, it is clear that some 2016 Presidential candidates are riding on anti-immigration sentiments to gain popularity. All running candidates have expressed their political positions regarding undocumented immigrants but something important is lacking in their views.

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IO GRANDE CITY, TX – DECEMBER 07: A one-year-old from El Salvador clings to his mother after she turned themselves in to Border Patrol agents on December 7, 2015 near Rio Grande City, Texas. They had just illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas. The mother said she brought her son on the 24-day journey from El Salvador to escape violence in the Central American country. The number of migrant families and unaccompanied minors has again surged in recent months, even as the total number of illegal crossings nationwide has gone down over the previous year. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Although still a controversial issue, many economy experts have revealed that granting legal status to all undocumented immigrants as part of a comprehensive immigration reform and permitting them to legally work in the United States would increase local and state tax contributions by an estimated extra $2.1 billion a year.

The nationwide benefit would be an average increase of 8.6 percent in tax revenues. The most significant revenue gain of about 55 percent would be derived from personal income tax, due to both increased earnings and total compliance with the tax laws.

The reality of undocumented immigrants around the country

Founded in 1962 by Cesar Chavez, the United Farm Workers of America is the nation's first successful and largest farm workers union currently active in 10 states. http://www.ufw.org/

Founded in 1962 by Cesar Chavez, the United Farm Workers of America is the nation’s first successful and largest farm workers union currently active in 10 states. http://www.ufw.org/

Over the past few years, many states have started to offer undocumented immigrants access to schools, housing, health services, driving licenses and even jobs that Americans do not want. But the one persistent question that always comes up is “do these undocumented immigrants pay taxes in return for the social and other services they are provided by the US?” The data on this topic are confusing and it depends on what one reads and to whom one listens. However, the reality is that undocumented immigrants do pay billions of dollars in state and federal taxes each year. The other fact is that the US would benefit even more if many more undocumented immigrants were granted a pathway to citizenship.

State and Federal tax data indicate that about $11.6 billion were paid in 2013, with the lowest taxes in Montana ($2.2 million) where 4,000 undocumented immigrants reside to more than $3.1 billion in California, which is home to more than 3 million undocumented immigrants.

Like all Americans, they also pay sales and excise taxes when they pay for goods or buy services -such as gasoline, utilities, and clothing. Further these undocumented immigrants also pay property taxes. Current evidence indicates that at least 50 percent of these undocumented immigrant homeowners also file income tax returns using Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs). However, there are countless more of them who never file income tax returns but still have their employers deduct taxes from their paychecks.

President Obama’s executive actions are not enough

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Thousands of undocumented immigrants are waiting for their time to become Americans. (120DaysMovie.com)

President Obama did undertake executive action in 2014 to grant relief to eligible individuals who came to the US as children and to eligible parents of children who are citizens or lawful permanent residents. However, this executive action is still under review by the US Supreme Court. To make matters worse, there are some presidential candidates who are vehemently anti-immigration and have vowed to rescind President Obama’s executive order if they get elected.

The exact number of undocumented immigrants in the USA is not known but at least 11 million of these individuals have contributed to taxes in the USA as of 2013. It is believed that there are perhaps at least 5-7 more million undocumented immigrants who make no contribution, partly because they live in fear of deportation if they were to divulge personal data to the tax authorities.

So where do the 2016 Presidential race candidates stand on immigration?

Overall it appears that both candidates running for the Democratic Party, Sanders and Clinton, have voiced similar positions on the issue of immigration and undocumented immigrants. But there are differences…

 

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has gone on record and said, “Of the people, the undocumented people living in our country, I do not want to see them deported. I want to see them on a path to citizenship.” Further, Clinton has called for an end to deportation raids of undocumented immigrants who have been fleeing violence in Central America. She has further stated, “Our immigration enforcement efforts should be humane and conducted in accordance with due process, and that is why I believe we must stop the raids happening in immigrant communities.”

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The former first lady, Senator and Secretary of State also defended her border security record stating she voted numerous times “to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. And I do think you have to control your borders,” having to later apologize for her use of the term “illegal.” She has also stated that deporting the children, many of whom are seeking asylum, would send a “responsible message” that would deter Central American families from sending their children to the United States.

 

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

Senator Sanders’ views on the issues of illegal immigration have also been on the side of comprehensive immigration reform. “We don’t need a wall and we don’t need barbwire. We need to fix our broken criminal justice system…we need to take 11 million undocumented people out of the shadows, out of fear, and we need to provide them with legal protection, and we need to provide them with a path toward citizenship.”

Mr. Sanders, a Vermont independent running in the Democratic primary, said he would grant a blanket stay without threat of deportation to nearly 9 million undocumented immigrants who have been at least five years in the country. He promised that within his first 100 days as president he would expand President Obama’s executive actions.

 

Republican candidates agreement on undocumented immigrants

If there is a topic in which all the Republican candidates have a similar position, this topic is strong opposing views to comprehensive immigration reform.

 

Texas Senator Ted Cruz

Senator Ted Cruz, the son of immigrants himself, recently stated, “What you do is, you enforce the law…” Cruz has also been very vocal about deportation and enforcing border patrol. On Jan 28, 2016, at the primary presidential debate he further stated that, “Listen, we can solve immigration. I have a detailed immigration plan designed with Iowa’s own Congressman Steve King and Jeff Sessions, and…We have the tools in federal law to do this now. We can build the fence. We can triple the border patrol. We can end sanctuary cities by cutting off…funding to them. We can end welfare for those here illegally. If I am elected president… we will secure the border…and we will end the illegal immigration.”

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Ohio Governor John Kasich

Ohio Governor John Kasich, another Republican running for the Presidency, has very similar beliefs as Cruz. At the presidential debate in February he said, Look, the situation is, we need to finish the border. And we can have a guest worker program, where people can come in and out in an orderly way. And then for the 11.5 million that are here, if they have not committed a crime since they’ve been here, I believe they ought to pay some back taxes, pay a fine, never get on the path to citizenship, but get legalization. .And we’ve got to get this done. And I will tell you this, within the first 100 days that I am president, I will put that proposal to the Congress.”

 

Donald Trump

And finally there is Donald Trump, whose entire campaign has been riding on forcing “illegal” immigrants back home and building a wall. His rhetoric on immigration and other minorities have often resulted in violent clashes at his campaign rallies. Just a few weeks ago, Trump went on to say, “I have a very hardline position, we have a country or we don’t have a country. People that have come into our country illegally, they have to go. They have to come back in through a legal process. I want a strong border. I do want a wall. I know how to build.”

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He has further stated that, “We’re talking about security. We’re not talking about religion. People are pouring across the southern border. As far as other people like in the migration, where they’re going, tens of thousands of people having cell phones with ISIS flags on them? They’re not coming to this country. And if I’m president and if Obama has brought some to this country, they are leaving. They’re going.”

When facts don’t count to sustain a political position

The topic of immigration and undocumented immigrants has created a major division in the country. Republican candidates’ anti-immigrant sentiment and bigotry do not to give any credit to immigrants who have spent most of their lives working and raising children in this country and, as shown by the numbers, benefited the country. They want them all out.

Democratic candidates feel we need to reform the immigration system and accept all those who are already here giving them a new lease on life. But do they, really? And if they do, can they?

Any definitive reform in the status of undocumented immigrants will have to wait until the elections are over later this year, and even further depending on the new President and his or her election promises. Once again, undocumented immigrants and their voting families are being played with promises that never seem to be fulfilled. And that is a tragedy for thousands of waiting families.

However, the real tragedy is that none of the Presidential candidates has based their positions on the economic impact of undocumented immigrants in the USA, a fact that has been easily demonstrated many times.

Undocumented immigrants local and state tax contributions by state. Source: http://www.itep.org/

Source: http://www.itep.org/