Trump to Latino Coalition: More Hispanic Americans Are Working Than Ever Before

By Melanie Arter | March 7, 2018 | 3:54 PM EST

President Donald Trump (Screenshot of White House video)

( - In a speech to the Latino Coalition Legislative Summit on Wednesday, President Donald Trump touted the economic gains of the Hispanic Americans due to his tax cut reform plan, saying more of them are working than ever before in history.

“Today we have more Hispanic Americans working than ever before in our history, setting records.  New jobless claims have hit a 48-year low last week, and last year, the Hispanic unemployment rate reached the lowest level in history. Congratulations. And I'm proud to report Hispanic unemployment has now remained at or below 5 percent for the longest period of time ever recorded,” he said.

As president, Trump said he is “committed to unleashing the full potential of the Latino community by removing government burdens, by restoring safety and security to our neighborhoods, and by defending America’s interests so that all of our citizens can prosper.”

“America First is about unity. It’s about coming together as one family -- one big, beautiful American family -- no matter our race, or color, or creed, to protect our jobs, our communities, and our country. We want all Americans to thrive and flourish together,” the president said.

“Our program is working far beyond our wildest expectations. We've created nearly 3 million jobs since the election. Think of that. Three million jobs. If I would have said that prior to the election, nobody would have believed it,” Trump said.

He said Democrats who refused to vote for the tax cut plan are regretting that decision today.

“At the center of America’s resurgence are the massive tax cuts I just signed into law. Now, that is a lot of money in your pockets, no matter where you're coming from. Business or personal, it's a lot of money. It's the biggest tax cut and reform in American history. We got no Democrat votes, by the way. Not one. Now they're all saying, mmm, maybe we should have voted. You notice they're having second thoughts? They're saying, we think we made a big mistake,” Trump said.

“We have finally given American businesses a level playing field, and you'll see more of this in the coming weeks. We're bringing it back. Our jobs have been stolen from us. Our businesses have been taken. Our factories have been closed. It's all coming back,” he said. “You saw, two weeks ago, Chrysler announced they're leaving Mexico and they're coming back into Michigan, and open up a big plant.

“We have many plants opening. Many, many plants are opening. They're coming back. For a lot of reasons they're coming back, but one of them is the tax cuts. Another is the regulations, but now we're able, again, to compete with anyone in the world,” Trump said.

As an example of how his tax cut plan is helping businesses and their workers, the president pointed to Adam DeVone, founder of  Benefits Exchange Alliance, an HR consulting firm in Orange County, Calif.

“As a result of tax reform, Adam was able to provide generous five-figure bonuses to every one of his employees. They very much appreciated it.  He's also hired six new workers, and he plans to hire as many as 15 more this year,” Trump said.

The president touted his efforts to cut “job-killing regulations,” saying his administration has “cut more regulations than any administration in the history of our country, and we've only had 12, 13 months now to do it.” He vowed to cut even more red tape if Congress acts on his infrastructure proposal. He said Democrats don’t want to approve his proposal, because they don’t want to give him a victory.


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