In the three years since Donald Trump entered the world of politics, by announcing his run for president, the Latinx community has been hit hard. With generalizations that Latinx all fit under “Mexicans are rapists, criminals, and drug dealers” category, it’s been difficult to manage just living in the U.S. Now a new study by the Pew Research Center proves how Latinx truly feel about living in the toxic environment that Trump has created.
Here’s some initial findings: “Half of Latinos say their situation in the U.S. has worsened over the past year,” which is up from “32 percent in the weeks after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election and the highest level since the Great Recession.” Furthermore, Latinx say “they have serious concerns about their place in American society now (49 percent) than in 2017 (41 percent). And a majority (55 percent) say they are worried that they, a family member or close friend could be deported.”
Let me just clarify: no one is saying that life for Latinx was perfect before Trump, because as we know, discrimination and racism for Latinx has always existed. However, now that Trump has been president, it’s gotten worse. In fact, two-thirds (67 percent) say Trump administration’s policies have been harmful to Latinx, which is higher than how they felt about former presidents Obama (15 percent in 2010) and Bush (41 percent in 2007)
“Overall, six-in-ten Latinx (62 percent) say they are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country today, up since 2017 and the highest level since the Great Recession a decade ago, when 70 percent of Latinx said they were dissatisfied with the nation’s direction,” Pew reports.
So to iterate, Latinx haven’t been this disappointed in the government — or the state of their lives in this country — since the Great Recession when the economy was in the toilet.
Of course, there are Latinx Trump supporters, and 36 percent of them who are registered Republicans “think Trump’s policies have harmed Latinos, compared to 81 percent of Latinx Democrats.”
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