Consider the statistics:
In the U.S., immigrants are three times less likely to be jailed on criminal charges than native-born citizens. Furthermore, they are twice as likely to start a new business.
Boston’s Latino population has been growing steadily over the past decades, from around 11 percent in 1990, to nearly 20 percent today. The numbers are even more stark when we look at Boston Public Schools (BPS), where Latinos made up just 21 percent in 1990, but represent 40 percent of the student population today.
Despite a recent surge in the U.S. Latino population, the amount of foundation dollars going to nonprofits and charities that benefit Latinos has remained stagnant.
Many Latinos across the country watched on in fear last fall as Donald Trump was elected on an anti-immigrant platform, pushing divisive programs and rhetoric. But Latinos can’t simply wait and see what the true practices of Trump’s administration will bring. There are many actions we must take immediately to protect our immigrant communities.