Latina delegates react to Joe Biden’s policy proposals for the Latinx community

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The first two Latinas elected to Virginia’s House of Delegates are responding to former Vice President Joe Biden’s policy vision for the Latinx community.

Biden released his plan Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Delegates Hala Ayala and Elizabeth Guzmán praised proposals like college affordability and giving 11 million undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship. They also pointed to Biden’s plan for handling the pandemic, which they say has disproportionately impacted people of color under the Trump Administration.

“When we see that we are losing lives,” said Guzmán, “his reluctance to acknowledge that we needed to act sooner rather than later, and trying to politicize a pandemic that didn’t have to do with it was shameful and unacceptable.”

“The unemployment has been specifically high for Black and Latino workers,” said Ayala. “As of June, Latino unemployment was 14.5%, and Black and Latino businesses have also suffered under this botched administration.”

Biden’s plan also calls for reuniting families separated at the border.

WFXR News asked the campaign for specifics regarding how the Biden Administration would identify and match up families. The campaign sent WFXR News the following statement:

“Joe Biden understands how important the job of reuniting children with their parents who were separated by the trump administration. In fact, he has said we should “Pull out all the stops” to reunite families. A Biden Administration will treat this issue as the serious priority that it is.”

-Joe Biden campaign

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