Trump and the first lady hosted a Hispanic Heritage event today at the White House. Watch the president’s remarks here.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to delivered remarks at his first Hispanic Heritage event at the White House.
While representatives from more than 200 Hispanic businesses and community and faith groups were expected to attend, the president’s understanding of Latino culture has been questionable. As Raul A. Reyes wrote for NBC, the relationship between Latinos and the president could be best described as “mutual antipathy.”
At the start of his presidential campaign, Trump likened Mexican immigrant to drug dealers and “rapists.” On Cinco de Mayo, the president tweeted a photo of him with a taco bowl made at a Trump Tower restaurant. He made racist remarks about judge Gonzalo Curiel, saying he could not do his job because of his Mexican heritage.
And since Trump has taken office, his administration has aggressively enforced immigration laws and phased out the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which granted immigrants the ability to work in the U.S. and provided temporary deportation relief. The decision affects about 800,000 DACA recipients. A deadline to renew DACA status ended yesterday. And in an extremely controversial move, Trump pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was repeatedly found to routinely racially profile Latinos in Arizona.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration has been criticized by Puerto Rican locals and officials for its response in the wake of Hurricane Maria. With San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz among the most vocal, the White House has pushed back on the claims that the federal government wasn’t doing enough to help Puerto Rico with relief aid.
Puerto Rican performers attended today’s event.