HOUSTON – The new head of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) said on Tuesday that fighting for civil rights is once again the primary mission of this organization and urged Hispanics to punish the Trump administration at the polls in November.
“This organization used to be dedicated to keeping up the considerable economic contributions Latinos received every year, but then forgot its tradition of assuring social justice for the most vulnerable,” Domingo Garcia told EFE in an interview.
The new president wants LULAC, the oldest Hispanic organization in the country, to be acknowledged, as it once was, as the Latino community’s leading organization.
“Every time an injustice is committed against Hispanics in this country, LULAC will be present, taking legal action in the courts and using its influence to promote legislation favoring our community,” he said.
For that reason, Garcia wants to increase the number of branches – it is currently present in 37 states – and attract former members back into the fold.
He also wants to pursue the “Dreamers,” as the young people are known who arrived in this country as undocumented children and were accepted into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by the Obama administration.
“Many of our leaders are seniors, veterans of many struggles. But now we also need a new generation of activists who place their trust in an institution able to organize a national protest with global impact,” Garcia said.
The base of active LULAC followers numbers 140,000 and Garcia wishes to increase that number to 1 million.
“We need a voice, a political force that represents the millions of Latinos in the United States and Puerto Rico, and we must show this country that the path to power must pass through the neighborhoods of our community,” he said.
He stressed that the current political context, with its constant attacks on the Hispanic community by the White House and the extreme right of Congress, obliges them to take action to defend themselves.
“Every night we see on the news how the president attacks Mexicans and says we’re rapists and criminals, that he wants to build a wall on the border and that he’ll shut down the government if he doesn’t receive the necessary funds,” Garcia said.