The Joe Biden presidential campaign released its Latinx policy agenda addressing important issues faced by Latinx people in the United States, as well as Latin American immigration policies. Beyond pledging more diverse and representative appointees to federal agencies, the former Vice President’s plan addresses various other areas of concern to Latinx communities across the country. Biden commits to closing income gaps, investing in Latinx-owned, small businesses, creating more affordable housing, and investing in Latinx homeownership.
One of the most consequential policies in the document is Biden’s commitment to end 287(g) agreements between federal immigration authorities and local law enforcement departments across the country. 287(g) agreements force local officers into enforcing immigration policy, essentially deputizing them as associate-ICE agents. Latinx right’s organization Voto Latino has maintained that the policy has “deeply eroded trust between communities and their police departments.”
“This is one of the most comprehensive and thoughtful policy proposals directed at the Latinx community,” said María Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino. “I’m especially encouraged by the commitment to end state-sanctioned terror imposed by 287(g) agreements. This is a great start to address the real wealth and health disparities that COVID-19 is exacerbating in our community, especially among Latinx youth.”
Vice President Biden is the first candidate ever endorsed by Voto Latino, a grassroots political organization focused on educating and empowering a new generation of Latinx voters which, in its 12 year history, has never endorsed a presidential candidate. The organization was in close contact with the Biden campaign, consulting the candidate on the most effective ways to protect and empower the Latinx community from the very beginning of his possible future term in office.