U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and N.M. Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla Join Leaders From Around the Country Blasting Trump’s Economic Proposals

Albuquerque, N.M. – Today, U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham and N.M. Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla joined national, state, and local elected officials from around the country to make a statement of unity on the need to build on the economic progress our country has made to recover from the Great Recession the last Republican administration left behind, and reject those same failed economic policies that Donald Trump would return us to.

The leaders also expressed concern about the tone of the Republican candidate’s divisive and dangerous campaign rhetoric, having launched his campaign by calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “drug-dealers” and recently saying a federal judge born in Indiana couldn’t carry out his duty fairly because he was of Mexican descent:

“This week one of our country’s most respected economists reaffirmed that Donald Trump’s economic proposals are dangerous and reckless, and would devastate our economy. The report found that Trump’s tax breaks for those at the very top would balloon our national debt by tens of trillions of dollars, cost Americans 3.5 million jobs, and lead to a ‘lengthy recession.’ It’s a reminder that Donald Trump is in it for himself, and that when he wins everyone else loses. Hispanic families were among the hardest hit by the Great Recession that began in 2008, and that cost so many of our families their homes and savings. We cannot afford to have a president in the White House who would drag us back into recession. We cannot afford a president who rooted for the housing crisis so he could make more money. Our families cannot afford a president who doesn’t think a federal minimum wage should exist and has even said that wages are ‘too high.’


“There’s an economic cost to Trump’s offensive, divisive, and mean-spirited immigration policies too. When children are afraid to go to school because bullying is on the rise fueled by his campaign rhetoric, there is a cost. When families are torn apart, because of blind deportation policies like those Trump wants to carry out, there is a significant cost. And it goes beyond the personal and emotional toll families take when they’re torn apart, there are billions of dollars drained from our economy.

“And so, there’s no other way to put it: we simply cannot afford to have someone like Donald Trump anywhere near the White House. Latino families want to make sure that we have an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the very top, and that gives everyone a fair shot at the American dream. We reject the tone of Donald Trump’s campaign, we say no to his failed economic proposals, and in November we’ll say no to his divisive candidacy.”

U.S. Representative and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra

U.S. Representative and Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Linda Sanchez

U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro

U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham

U.S. Representative Tony Cardenas

U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego

U.S. Representative Grace Napolitano

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

Nevada State Senator and Candidate for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District Ruben Kihuen

Colorado State Representative and House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran

New Mexico Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla

Utah State Senator Luz Escamilla

Texas State Representative Justin Rodriguez

Miami-Dade Democratic Hispanic Caucus President Leonarda Duran

Coconino County Supervisor Elizabeth C. Archuleta