Reading of the White House meeting with Latino leaders
Yesterday, White House Director of Public Engagement and Senior Advisor Cedric Richmond and Director of the White House Office of Political Outreach and Strategy Emmy Ruiz met with Latino leaders from across the country to listen to their priorities and discuss how the Build Back Better program and the path to citizenship would benefit Latin American families. White House officials explained how the president’s plan would reduce healthcare costs for families by reducing prescription drug costs and improving access to healthcare coverage, among other measures, and how two years of free college would be a game-changer for families looking to move forward. White House officials have also affirmed the president’s desire to see a path to citizenship through reconciliation or other means.
Latino leaders shared what their organizations have done during the pandemic to meet the needs of local communities and advocate for additional resources. Leaders praised the administration for its work so far in tackling the pandemic and expressed concerns about the amount of work that remains to be done to immunize communities, including the benefits in terms of the pandemic. health care to access citizenship. The leaders also explained how the services they provide to local communities reflect many of the elements of the Build Back Better program and how monumental these investments would be.
The meeting was the last activity conducted by the White House since the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. Last week, the White House hosted a virtual chat to kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month and highlight the benefits of the President’s Build Back Better program for the Latino community. The roundtable brought together Isabel Guzman, administrator of the Small Business Administration, Xavier Becerra, secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Miguel Cardona, secretary of Education and Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of Homeland Security, who shared their experiences as Latino leaders in the historic Cabinet.
- Elena Rios, President and CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association
- Darryl Morrin, National President, Latino Forward
- Andres Contreras, Executive Vice President, Chicanos Por La Causa
- Alejandro Roark, Executive Director, Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership
- Sylvia Puente, President and CEO, Latino Policy Forum
- Josie Bacallao, President and CEO, Hispanic Unity of Florida
- Santiago Marquez, CEO, Latin American Association
- Carolina Cabrera DiGiorgio, Esq. Chairman and CEO, Congreso de Latinos Unidos