Immigration and Voto Latino: Two Main Topics at the DNC

After four days of the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden formally accepted his nomination to run for President of the United States for the Democratic Party.

Biden waited years to give the speech of a lifetime and tell American citizens how he plans to bring the country back from oblivion after being hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis in 2020.

On the second night of the convention, Kamala Harris made history for becoming the first black woman to be nominated to run for Vice President of the U.S. As every speaker through the convention mentioned, Kamala also said Trump was responsible for the number of lives lost in the country and shared how she got to where she is by being the daughter of immigrants.

The topic of immigration was prominent throughout the DNC. 

Estela Juarez, a young Latina girl from Florida, told the story of her family being separated due to deportation in 2018. Her father, Cuauhtémoc “Temo” Juarez, is a Marine veteran. Her mother was an undocumented immigrant who made international headlines after she was deported by Trump’s government.

“Instead of protecting us, you tore our world apart. Every day that passes, you deport more moms and dads and take them away from kids like me,” she said in her open letter to Trump. 

The stories about family separation kept coming through all three days of the convention. 

During his speech on Wednesday, President Obama said he understood how families affected by deportation and other minorities felt, and finished his speech by asking every U.S. Citizen to vote. 

“Whatever our backgrounds, we’re all the children of Americans who fought the good fight. Great grandparents working in fire traps and sweatshops without rights or representation. Farmers losing their dreams to dust. Irish and Italians and Asians and Latinos told to go back where they came from. Jews and Catholics, Muslims and Sikhs, made to feel suspect for the way they worshipped. Black Americans chained and whipped and hanged. Spit on for trying to sit at lunch counters. Beaten for trying to vote.”

See Obama’s full speech here:

Why is it important for Latinos to vote?

Latino voters will be influential to the presidential race across the U.S. and decisive in several states. However, 60 percent of registered Latinos say they have not been contacted by a campaign this year, according to Unidos US, an organization that serves the Latinx community through research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts.

There are 32 Million Latino Citizens of voting age this year. There are 13 Million that are eligible to vote, but have not yet registered to vote. 

“Our Adelante 2020 is giving these potential voters the ability to register online, learn more about the ways they can vote in their state and making sure they’re educated voters on election Day,” says UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía. “Our community cannot be taken for granted anymore. We need to be ready now because when Latinos are registered, Latinos vote and that is good for all of America.”



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