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Rosales: Mi Amigo President Donald Trump

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President Trump Hosts Colombian President Ivan U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press during a meeting with President of the Republic of Colombia Ivan Duque Marquez in the Oval Office of the White House on March 2, 2020 in Washington, D.C. President Trump spoke about the United States relationship with Colombia and the coronavirus. (Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 11 August 2020 09:32 AM

2020 might go down in history as the year COVID-19 changed the world, but come November it could also mark the year Donald J. Trump secured a second term as president of the United States of America.

The pandemic might have slowed voter registration down, but this year could mark a new record in voter attendance. In the 2016 presidential election, 27 million Hispanics were eligible to vote and in 2020 that number has risen to 32 million.

This will represent 13.3% of all eligible voters and make Latinos, for the first time, the largest racial minority to participate in a U.S. presidential election.

The Latino community has slowly but surely become the second largest racial group in the country, with more than 60 million currently living in the United States.

In 2019, it was reported that Hispanics represent $2.3 trillion of the economy, and if the Latino community were its own country, it would be the eighth GDP globally, towering over all other Spanish speaking countries like Mexico or Spain.

Captivating a higher number of Latino voters should be of paramount importance for the Republican Party. Improving on the 28% Latino vote managed in the 2016 elections would, at the very least, help Trump secure a victory in the 2020 race.

But here is the heart of the matter: what do Hispanics want for the future and what do they look for in a presidential candidate?

It should come as no surprise that President Trump must be a difficult man to support for some Hispanics given some comments made in the past.

However, the Latino community is no stranger to rotten politicians who excel at manipulating and using people and minority groups.

These politicians only have personal gain in sight.

For this very reason, actions speak louder than, and this motto certainly applies to President Trump.

One of the pillars of the Trump administration is protecting the border and building the wall. Without a doubt, at the beginning of the 2016 race, his phrase "Build the Wall" resonated globally.

One should not be surprised that many Hispanics support him in this crusade.

It's clear that illegal immigration hurts the country in general, but it also affects Latinos who have immigrated legally in a more profound way.

Some employers would prefer to choose undocumented immigrants instead of documented ones as it is economically more beneficial in the short term.

This worsens the conditions of documented immigrants that chose the legal way of starting a new life in America. Without a doubt, for Latinos, and probably for all those who seek to progress and improve their life conditions, having quality work available is key.

The Trump administration's greatest achievement is the awakening of an economy that was lying dormant by the end of 2016. The current administration's economic success has been so impressive that even former President Barack Obama tried to take credit for it.

An increase in GDP, wages, and available jobs are just some of the variables that show this economic boom. One of Trump's most notable accomplishments is that he achieved the lowest unemployment rate in history for Latinos, down to 3.9%.

Unfortunately, the pandemic certainly put the brakes on this remarkable American growth.

March and April 2020 were undoubtedly the lowest points for the Trump administration.

For example, the unemployment rate went from 3.5% in February to 4.4% in March and to a significantly higher 14.7% in April. However, even in this context, by May that number dropped to 13.3% and continues to decrease.

In July, 4.8 million jobs were added.

Undoubtedly, this rapid recovery is globally unique.

Trump's policies favor a fast rebound.

Certainty, other countries that have suffered at the hands of the Chinese Virus have not fared so well.

One thing is for sure, the Latino Community will continue to grow and addressing its issues will go a long way for any president. The truth is, Trump's ''America First'' platform is exactly what Latinos and, in fact, any minority group within the United States should look for in a president.

A platform that doesn’t look at people as different races or ethnicities, different gender or sexual orientation, rather one that favors Americans regardless of who they are and where they come from. America is one of, if not the most, ethnically rich country in the world.

One might argue that the main cause of immigration is political turmoil, which is usually a product of economical failure, and at least 50% of immigrants in America are from Latin origin (25% from Mexico alone).

One must wonder, do Latinos really want to replicate the failures of their home countries? Why would anyone want to move to what many consider ''the promised land'' to try and change it for the worse? The U.S. is far from perfect and it has a long road ahead, but one thing is certain, President Trump is on the right track.

So, let us introduce you to our "amigo" Donald Trump, I hope you give him a chance.

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