A plan by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to invest in Latino communities is being heralded by key Latino Democrats in New Jersey, which has the 7th largest Latino population in the nation.
Biden has proposed investing in Latino economic mobility, enlarging access to quality education and confronting racial inequities in public education, and stopping racial health disparities.
“Having an honest conversation in our communities, and in this country, about access and education is critical to creating a strategic platform for empowerment,” said Senate Education Committee Chair Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark). “We know that Latinx women are amongst the groups most adversely affected by the gender wage gap and not having access to quality school systems can be a contributing factor.”
The former vice president pledged to send Congress a bill for immigration reform on his first day in office.
“Joe Biden’s commitment to the Latino community has always been clear, and this new plan once again confirms that as President he will be an ally we can always count on,” said Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York). “I am particularly excited to see Vice President Biden place such a strong emphasis on finally giving millions of undocumented immigrants who are contributing greatly to our country the opportunity to become citizens and secure their future chasing the American Dream.”
Biden also pledge to “ensure that political appointees, including the President’s Cabinet, look like the country they serve, and ensure that our federal workforce is representative of the demographics in our country.”
Hunterdon County Democratic Chair Arlene Quinones-Perez said that the Latino community has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We need strong federal action to get through this crisis, and to emerge stronger than we were before it,” Quinones-Perez said. “Joe Biden clearly understands how we have been affected, and his plan to invest in our community includes a robust set of policy initiatives that will make a real difference in the lives of millions of Latino families in New Jersey and throughout the country that have been, and continue to be affected by the pandemic, as well as the social inequities that have been laid plan to see.”
Biden also committed to establishing a Smithsonian National American Latino Museum, and pledged to address that three in five Latino families live in child care deserts with practically no access to licensed child care.
He said that caregivers and early childhood educators are disproportionately Latino women and other women of color.
That drew the praise of Ruiz.
“By creating a holistic approach from cradle to career, we ensure that no student is left behind. Creating powerful early childhood education, investing in technology and fostering creative solutions in our academic settings can truly change systemic failures that have trapped our students from achieving a path to prosperity,” Ruiz said. “Joe Biden’s understanding and his commitment to making necessary investments offer solutions that can drive upward economic mobility for all Black and Brown families.”