Why We Oppose President Trump's Cabinet Nominations

The President’s cabinet are his chief advisors—they’re some of the key influencers in policy decisions affecting our country. It is imperative that these individuals have expertise and experience in the policy areas they will be charged with overseeing, and demonstrate a deep understanding of their duties. Hispanic Federation believes these individuals should also fiercely protect civil rights and advocate for individuals and families who are in need of federal support.

While we find almost all of President Trump’s appointments to be problematic, here’s why we oppose the following:

Senator Jeff Sessions

At a time when the Trump Administration is signing unconstitutional executive orders and ignoring court orders, it is the duty of the U.S. Senate to VOTE NO on a U.S. Attorney General nominee who will not uphold the law equally or protect diverse communities.

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Why Jeff Sessions Cannot Become U.S. Attorney General

In 1986, Jeff Sessions was deemed “too racist” to be confirmed by Senators as a federal judge. He is a longtime opponent of voting rights and considered the most anti-immigrant Senator in the US Senate.

He said “he would have no objection” to ending the DACA program that has helped 800,000 Americans with staying and working here legally.

He very likely played a role in the creation of recent Presidential Executive Orders including banning all refugees and halting immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Senator Sessions said that "almost no one coming from the Dominican Republic is coming here because they have a provable skill that would benefit us or indicate their likely success in our society," and that they lie in order to come:

Betsy DeVos

We cannot hand over our public schools and higher education system to someone who has spent a career undermining public education and opposing the rights of LGBTQ Americans. The U.S. Senate should VOTE NO on confirming a U.S. Education Secretary with no experience in or regard for public education.

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Why Betsy DeVos Cannot Become U.S. Education Secretary

Betsy DeVos is an aggressive advocate for diverting taxpayer dollars to private schools through voucher programs at the expense of struggling public schools.

She has never worked in or attended a public school, and in her confirmation hearing demonstrated a concerning lack of understanding on key education policy topics.

She wants to use America's public schools to build "God's Kingdom," and has served on boards that have donated millions to anti-LGBTQ groups.

Rep. Tom Price

As Rep. Tom Price has a long track record that is far outside the mainstream when factoring what voters support for Medicare, the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood, we urge the U.S. Senate to VOTE NO on confirming him as U.S. Health Secretary.

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Why Tom Price Cannot Become U.S. Health Secretary

Rep. Price wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would put health care in jeopardy for over 4.2 million Latinos.

He wants to privatize Medicare which would cost seniors to pay more for basic health services and prescription drugs.

Rep. Price has voted to defund Planned Parenthood and end birth control access under the ACA.