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Obama All Talk No Action for Hispanic Community


FROM: RNC Hispanic Communications Director Izzy Santa
TO: Interested Parties
RE: Obama All Talk No Action for Hispanic Community

Tuesday, President Obama will sit down with local affiliates from Univision and Telemundo to discuss the progress we have had on immigration reform due to Republicans’ involvement. While immigration reform is an important issue, the President can’t hide behind the immigration issue as a way to avoid discussing the effects his policies have on the Hispanic community.

In his July 2011 address to the National Council of La Raza, President Obama said, “My number one priority, every single day, is to figure out how we can get businesses to hire and create jobs with decent wages.”

We have to ask, are Hispanics better off under Obama?

Unfortunately, the Hispanic community continues to be left behind. Under President Obama, Hispanics are struggling to find work at record levels, with nearly 2.3 million unemployed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, Obama’s policies continue to keep 13.1 million Hispanics living below the poverty line, 2 million more than when he took office in 2009. 

To add insult to injury, the current economic situation won’t improve when ObamaCare hits. We can expect everyone, including Hispanic-owned businesses and Hispanic workers, to suffer more. Businesses will have to worry about penalties, additional bureaucracy, and burdensome regulations for not complying with this unreasonable law; and workers will face potential layoffs or reduction in work hours.

This will leave many Hispanic families asking themselves, will I need two part-time jobs now in order to make ends meet? Hispanic-owned businesses will be asking themselves, how can I remain competitive with a smaller workforce?

So, the lingering question we ask on behalf of all Hispanics is how do the President’s economic policies benefit Hispanic businesses and families?