America’s Future: The Power of the Latino Vote [Spanish Subtitles]

This special takes an in-depth look into two important issues disproportionately affecting Latinos, COVID-19 and the nation’s racial reckoning, and examines what is at stake during this election.
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Transcript for America’s Future: The Power of the Latino Vote [Spanish Subtitles]
Well I I'm Alex Perez national correspondent with ABC news and thank you so much for streaming with us. This year more than 32 million Latinos will be eligible to vote in the upcoming election. 32. Million here a few facts Latinos live all over our beautiful country from east to west. North to south from body heals and the inner city to suburbs and small towns and the heartland. Most Latinos are primarily English language the dominant but many of us also a publicist and you know. As is the case for so many other Americans Latinos are defined by faith family and who. But also shaped by their struggle and success in this unprecedented. Presidential election which so much on the line. We'll check back. Please please vote this time biking will determine who the next president of the united. To let your voices be hurt is now get ready because there are about to take it in depth look at Latinos in America. How they came here there are countless struggles and their enormous contribution just at how all look back. Could influence how they made boat at the ballot box. Oh. Opal I don't you know I doable to. Grow. Up. Oh America's future a follower of the Latino votes Al east and my colleagues on the Imus Cecilia Vega John Quinones ABC news. World headquarters. New York. Thank satellites and good evening we stand here tonight just days away from the most consequential American election in decades. We've seen voters turning out in record numbers tens of millions of ballots already cast. A multitude of issues driving voters to the polls including America's 32 million eligible Latino voters cars. Is a community that is all too often overlooked even though we are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in this country and in this election year tonight. We will hear from Latinos from coast to coast about the issues that matter the most right now the corona virus pandemic jobs the economy. Health care and immigration such important issues we want to begin with enormous contributions. With Tina's have made to our way of life here in America and how we got to this very critical point in time. So it only seemed fitting to ask legendary any. Grammy Tony and Oscar winner yes and he got winner Rita Moreno to take us through. A legacy that goes from meal Mexican mine in this. Who's empires predates the birth of Christ. To the ass chicks and the anchors it was empires existed and thrived for hundreds of years before the arrival an invasion of European settlers. And their introduction of African slave trade to the Western Hemisphere. The Latino identity has a rich and complex ancestry VS six ruled over an estimated fifteen million people. The empire stretched from what today is known as the United States for adolescents through southern Mexico. At its peak enthusiastic capital of connections to pan had over 140000. People. Just south of the states where the lions. Who were known for their advanced pyramid building astronomy and mathematics. They're agricultural technology developed the basis of what is the majority of the world's diet. As you make your way down to what is now known as South America. We find the interests. At its peak the income empire was made up of twelve million people today. One of the most sacred archeological centers of the incas is a modern wonder of the world Mathieu piece that you. They're tiny nose and carried people's navigated. From the coast of South America to the Caribbean islands named after the parents themselves. Once the most numerous indigenous people of the Caribbean the Cano population may have reached. Anywhere between one or two million at the time of the Spanish conquest in the late fifteenth century. To spend its crest for land didn't end there like 1513. The arrived to a land with many flowers that they named fruity. Unknown to many the first European language spoken in what is now the United States of America. The sexually Spanish. And not English. The film peace although it is brought with them diseases such as smallpox. Mumps and measles. They also brought with them one of the worst abuses of human kind. Slavery. About fifteen times as many African slaves were taken to Spanish and Portuguese colonies and to the US. The Spanish empire would dominate throughout the Western Hemisphere. For hundreds of years. Finally in the early eighteen hundreds. The majority of Latin American countries and their people regain their independence except Cuba. And put the pretty go. For Mexico the victory would be short lived thanks to their neighbors from the United States. The US wasn't content with British hands pushing westward to seize the land that many presidents believe it was America's destiny. To reach that goal president James Polk provoke war with Mexico. After a long and bloody battle there was an agreement called the treaty of what does new TDs engulfed. Mexico signed the treaty under the promise the US would recognize all Mexicans as citizens. Of their new nation. That the US failed on its promise granting only white Mexican citizenship. And leaving indigenous black Mexicans entirely disenfranchise. It would forever change the fate of generations of Mexican Americans. And in turn mold the identity of cool Latinos. In the United States. Latinos and Hispanics are the future of American voting. My November 3 more Latinos will be eligible to vote on Election Day than ever before. You heard the number 32 million with the help of get out the vote rallies such as those in Florida and Arizona. More than 800000. Of us become eligible to vote every year by 20/20 five that number will swell to one million. Each person with the Rome story their own opinion. Their own vote. And he. I. I'm an America of methods to sent. Bottom are raised by my herd is my ethnicity. And I'm problem apparently had not. Or not the economy it is is living his American dream in Texas and running the ranch his parents bought in 1940. The years he was born. And that they were able to buy this fourth of an acre ranch and make it a succession and then get us educated. Ramirez has won a 32 million Latinos eligible to vote in the upcoming election the largest non white electorate. Most of those at the same common goal we we all want to educate their children we all want them to have a good economic lives. He's not alone 80% of Hispanic voters say the economy is their top priority in the 20/20 election followed closely. By health care. There's a lot of issues are affecting us right now we're living under a pandemic solve unemployment. Is one of on Medicaid the economy and worker rights is a very important issue. Health care immigration and arts is to portable speakers. Health care is really important to me. Because right that actually was six when he was a document that I couldn't get any sort of health care bill I'm of the what about life. Back in my hometown of San Antonio lies sat down with the most visible let you know face on the campaign trail this year Julio and Gossip Girl. The issues that matter to Hispanic community are the issues matter to all Americans right. Castro was the only Latino to run for president in 20/20. His campaign ran on progressive policies like Medicare for all and raising the minimum wage. State that make you more and more prop him enough. People that make that. Presidential bid failed but those policies proved popular with the man he Latino voters. I can't. Progressive Latino voters helped Bernie Sanders Nguyen Nevada Colorado and California. And with 40% support they kept them in the race in Texas. I. By the next presidential election the number of low. He knows in taxes is expected to surpass the white population. You think. Texas this is suing statement. Yeah I we are swing states. The last ten to twelve polls show the presidential race here basically. Tied. And if we can win here then it's game over for the Republicans and the Latino vote is get a play a huge role. Nationwide. Biden is outpacing president trumped by more than thirty points among registered Latino vote. They were really hoping that the Latino vote. Would come out in both Arizona and Colorado. But in 2016. Less than half of registered Latino voters showed up at the polls 2016. Has taught us. Very painful. That he elections man. This year there's a focused effort to mobilize Latino voters. Celebrities making a push to get out the vote. Endorsing candidates. I'm here. That reason women and month end and Latinos appearing at conventions. And hitting the campaign trail for both. Send me Donald Trump or head coach. When you when he Super Bowl you don't fire the coach. Turnout among Latino voters is expected to increase by 15%. In the upcoming election. What will be able people in November. Already ordered a motive mr. Why won't economy. The bottom line. Today it announced that I mean this as well extends into the millions. And for that reason he says of vote for trump isn't personal it's just Smart business. But you've done so well for yourself you've been very successful. What do you tell other Americans other Latinos who don't have those investments. I just. I don't know what what the tellem. I just don't know I'm here. It's. Developed commitment. Develop a discipline. More card. Newton you know that basically how I didn't net. What's also set about immigrants Mexican immigrants have bringing drugs. They're bringing crime they're rapists and some. I assume that people this thing is he not a politician. Builders got a stupid remark he made you. Communists is among the nearly 30%. Of Latino voters who support president rocked. A lot of Latino supporters are not understanding the impact that trump has on Latino. Population. Send I have mantis is a political activist and the mother of four she ran for senate against Humberto roared in 2018. Before I start running for office I was coaching Little League Baseball conference heading in the death. I don't see any men. Battered and doing things that women. Especially women of color. She spent just 4000 dollars on her campaign but gained nearly 25%. Of the vote. I outperformed in places where most Democrats don't perform very well. She credits her success to appealing to Latinos. As Americans. That proved a winning strategy for president George W bullish in 2000 Fuller. I'm proud to call the teen owes Americans. And I'm proud to be your president capitalist work. He made Latino spiel. Like they had a seat at the table. This year it's Latino voters in Florida Arizona and Texas that experts say could decide the election. Latinos need to understand that our voices matter that if we want Reese back and we want to be part of this country we must. Well news. Still ahead on this ABC news live special Americans voting in the heart of the pandemic had the alarming projections roughly 230000. American lives lost by Election Day. Tonight why the virus has particularly devastated the Latino community and coming up the devastating told cope with nineteen and why that my wrists. He's driving so many Latino voters to the polls. Welcome back good corona virus pandemic is soaring at an alarming rate across the United States hospitalizations. On the rise in state after state but listen to this a sobering report shows Latinos are three times as likely to test positive for covad nineteen. Five times as likely to be hospitalized and twice as likely to die from it. One of America's top medical experts delivering an alarming warning to congress calling this pandemic. The historic decimation of let the nose in this country he sees Victor can Dell has more. This sounds of the Matayoshi or unmistakable. From the cold toward its. Two strumming you can rule. But today's music that's so often marks life's to a full moments at weddings and feeds and yes he's playing at this funeral mass. We are here to say farewell to their loved ones whom most of matters parents cope in nineteen. We acts and decided to do it now and October. Witnesses on the idea than what does the people here a tight knit community of Mexican immigrants from Tina now Puebla. Honoring loved ones that never received a proper good time. Windy here are notes her songs and lyrics. You know we want to feel it came here in Mexico that care. There with their families you know connect them some kind of way. Adding that this capital. Of course don't go to stop them their food whose. A reminder of lives cut short from a disease that has ravaged communities like this one. According to the CDC Latinos are telling added disproportionately higher rate from cove in nineteen. A recent analysis of more than 1141000. Code related deaths between may and August. Fell 24%. Were Hispanic or Latino despite being only 18% of the US population. Bottleneck that had been wrong. New settlement dean is believed beta has waited six months for this day her mother owed until I don't April 16. Just three weeks after getting sick with Cooper nineteen. I miss her hand and needed to find signed peace and myself and I think today you. I was able to actually feel peace for the first time since a damper passing. At the time cases of the rotavirus growing exponentially in New York City. Quickly becoming the epicenter of the global pandemic. Health officials fear and another deadly wave on the way here at NYU Kobe testing tents have been set up for student Illinois breaking its own record of new case says. Fast forward to a week before the politically presidential election approach now transformation to a way of life. Hospitals once again stretched the limits to care for a new wave of the patients and places like Utah and Wisconsin. US surpassing a staggering eight million cases what are then president cultural. Don't let it dominate you. Don't be afraid of it. That message after the president left Walter Reed medical center was a gut punch for Luciano he's Roberts. It every single person I lost their lives receive the same treatment that heat that. They did he had all these resources that none of us that. At least 225. Dozen lives have been lost big numbers growing every day. David nineteen outbreak becoming a top issue for Latino voters I think I always knew who I would not go far. And definitely won't be for the of one actor's stood there must have been entered into months to homeless. Doctor Peter hodes is one of the world's leading experts on vaccines is going moral or by the data what we're sticking really is historic destination. Are among the Hispanic community by desirous. From the Rio Grande Valley to the big cities a troubling pattern emerging throughout the nation. You've infected skating Hispanics in their 40s50s and sixties but they're really means is it's robbing families. That this whole generation of their mothers and fathers Brothers and sisters. Her brother's Isaiah the neat thing Garcia. It is their painful reality losing both parents of the virus in Houston this summer just two weeks apart. I think get sick about a mile club all my dad know. It that's what makes me the most. It's really devastating battle in terms of the number of people who were dying but also. Affecting a much younger age who lose you get Romero sought movie nineteen sweep they were Long Beach community. I was like we're strong young healthy. Again and again and never you should. Know that thing that away. Elizabeth was on the phone with her husband Hussein who was in the hospital bed when he suddenly went into cardiac arrest. On the machines uncle and indeed. The new Oklahoma well do. Eighty and Edmonton premium back. NTO the home. In the lives of so many others shattered plate who've had nineteen. Why you are Latino communities getting hit so hard by this pandemic we are essential workers much more likely be essential workers we have to be up there. In the head in the pandemic some of them had to take public transportation there was no choice also many of us live in more product housing places of higher social density. All those things have been a major issue right up the mess at higher risk. Doctor or vinik got a skier. Puerto Rican day event chief of internal medicine at University of Miami health system is determined to help this community. He's leading one of the clinical trials for the Johnson & Johnson coded nineteen vaccine at his polling for more diverse participants. We need more minorities were flat you know African American to participate in these studies we need to make sure these vaccines work on our people. He says health disparities among Latinos are compounded by one's immigration status and lack of health care coverage. They would say no pity Evan even economic in the morning which means I didn't wanna come but I that it wanted to die. And you see these young. Persons with immigration issues that really did want to come it worked on and fields and homestead they came in really sick with extremely low oxygen nation status and you could tell you some of the air in their eyes. Homestead Florida just forty miles south of mine he's been speeches and nightlife where these farmworkers quit new extreme heat harvesting food. This is the invisible work towards that end up lists with country and yet the country is not an uplifting them and we kinda. Start changing mentality and thinking you know the armor doesn't need just maybe they need to come first they have to be the first in line. Resource is in the hope that they need. The theory bringing the virus home all too common for Latino essential workers many of whom live in multi generational households. Veteran and a Saudi analysts. Applauded the long sleeve. The subtle yet. C lock on it must. See you come off ice into key losses in the seats. And with the temperature stealing more families are expected to hold down together endorse the nation's top infectious disease specialist doctorate mythology. Warning that the number of deaths. Could grew to 400000. If precautions or taken this fall and winter. One of the biggest holidays Filipinos Christmas Eve notre win out you're saying it should look different this year. Look I'm my brother what a house rule applied in this big black children all of this stuff and now we don't know putting up much of without without a lot of people if you ask me right now. That's what I would recommend small the band actually had all the people of my family which we all do you know there's no way I love my mom to be in a social setting with thirty people that's just not what I would want. As hard as it is for us. That right there this start heartbreaking reminder as America's death pull rises every number has a face a name and a story. However most fathers mother instead mama sent in my nasty towards peace he passed laws are just a fraction of those we have lost too cold and we'll be right back room. Welcome back they were this searing images igniting outrage across the country. Migrant children separated from their parents at the southern border. Now an explosive new report on the trump administration's zero tolerance policy making this election issue. Lawyers say they can't find the parents of 545. Migrant children still living with sponsor families in the US. Tonight what's become of those Stanley separated and reunite. As controlled makes his closing argument on why he deserves four more years. One of the darkest chapters of his presidency child separation is coming back to haunt him. Keep it on the debate stage so how did Stanley ever be reunited. Children are brought here. I coyotes and left said they had people. Vice president Joseph blood in firing back with counterpoint. Coyotes didn't bring them over their parents. Were with them they got separated from their parents. And according to the ACLU. The battle over child separation is for cream over. We now believe that there were close to 5500 families separated. What this administration gave. Taking little babies toddlers but even teenagers. Away from their parents in a strange country not telling the parent. Where they were taking the child. Enforcement is poured the trump administration's zero tolerance policy. A Department of Homeland Security. Is now referring 100%. I'm via Lago staff rents border crossings to Department of Justice or prosecution. The planned touted by dead attorney general Jeff Sessions a deterrent administration hoped. Would make people think twice about crossing the border illegally. If you know. Walk your child to be separated. And our bring them across the border illegally. One of those kids and a Brazilian asylum seeker named James who was just fourteen years old at the time when she was separated from his mother. You remember the moment. Good to do it where mom. As a remember. It was a was more lake I was really. Think we talked batted I have no reaction. Like no Fannie among and then the analysts is. Lake and our allies. The policy became more widespread. Immigration rights group started sounding the alarm. White House officials like former Homeland Security secretary cures to Nielsen forced to answer questions. If that parent has a four year old child what he planned to. Amid the growing backlash the president at one point. Blaming Democrats that Democrats gave us that law to horrible thing. To break up. Lawmakers and immigration rights activists said that just wasn't true. Parents and kids left stunned and confused. So you they take you weigh in at that moment do you know what's happening do you understand. No I didn't that annoyance theme because they just stages of me away and we can understand anything was. Because an even though the Ling was. Even the president's own white denounced child separation. I sat down with her in Kenya you know he was under your your husband's policy is zero tolerance policy. That these families were separated that forced pieces so we're really disagreed with him. Yes and then let you know. I didn't know that that policy will come out was blind sided by it. To a team at home and I sent to team that said I feel that's unacceptable. And he he found the same. But last month in leaked audiotapes to CNN by the first lady's former advisor. Maloney a trump is heard discussing her visit to the border at the height of the scandal. Old ski event next Taylor. I can't hear you just out there is because dealer. Drops that I it's good to cut ulee's keys they say it out. So sad to hear it but they have eighty that you own can't tease. On the White House web site the force lady reacted to the leaked audiotapes in a statement seen her words were taken out of context. The president eventually surrendered on child separation signing an executive order ending it. But now more than two years later the ACLU says they have been unable to reach the parents of more than 500 migrant children. Taken from their families at the border before June of 2018. We are still looking for hundreds and hundreds of families. Where the parent was deport without the child both the department of homeland security and the White House refuting accusations. It's very sad the administration wants the families appear the united. But for various reasons. That's analysts' if not acceptance to children backing him in many of these cases. UC LU challenges that explanation saying quote. We have not even found these 545. Parents so neither we nor certainly the administration can know whether they want to be reunited. Or to stop you practice of separating children from their parents. I worked really bring troops look at all he's happy and former vice president Joseph Biden is making sure voters don't forget about child separation especially Latino voters. Restore sensible enforcement cards and stop terrorizing Latino communities. One group full we'd both candidates would unable to vote the families who were still here and caught in the middle of the child separation legal battle. We were there in 2018. And James was reunited with his mother jostling after nine wants. The mother and son had to either native Brazil because Jocelyn says she was being abused by her hosted. She says when they were crossing the border illegally or son was taken away by immigration officials. He would end up more than a thousand miles away in a facility in Chicago. Welcome we'll leave it it was horrible. So painful for me as a mother because they didn't know what was going to happen Jocelyn would take refugee shelter near El Paso, Texas. She waited to hear about her asylum claim. We spoke to her at the border. She just started her legal battle to get her son back Sally in Florida yesterday and it knowing what happened to her son which still have crossed the border. F leave it it's horrible there and horrible here for so many parents like Jocelyn they feel they have no choice. We recently caught up with him to see how their life has been going. Amp amp hatton and although it. I think that despite everything that happens. It was an experience for us but I still think things can be thanks to I don't think only bad things are to come. How was your life right now in the US it's going raid they can I'm doing Mike really great. It's it's mean make really good sense slate was starting in the un school in. And starting and they so socializing. With people and in. Learning them different. Culture and now mother and son are living in Massachusetts. Jos when tells me she doesn't focus on the past. And has hope they can both stay here together William and took him. I think. A person can live happily. Thinking in the past and what happened because. It was so painful. If it was horrible. That now which together and a good thing diet and I hope we stayed that way. When we come back to race for president with the future of Dhaka and the dreamers had staying at so many of them Frontline workers right in the middle of this pandemic not just facing the corona virus. On a daily basis but also living in fear of being deported at any moment. We're not returned to the heated battle over immigration in America more than 600000. Dreamers living and working in the United States many. Health care workers on the front lines of this very pandemic and they also live in constant fear. A being deported they are not only caught in the middle of a stalemate in Washington. Their futures may depend on the outcome of this presidential election. Which will determine if they are allowed to stay in this country their home. As a paramedic outside of Houston he seems contreras is job is stressful enough. But these days work isn't the only thing keeping him up at night. My head's obviously and have my immigration status the likelihood of me you know being deported or lose its status. Asus was born in Mexico but he's lived in the United States ever since he and his family immigrated illegally when he was just six years old. Now 27 this is home. He graduated from high school attended junior college became EE MT helping to rescue his community from the floods of hurricane Harvey. Asus and the 640000. Other young people just like him who have temporary legal status now live in limbo. They have no idea whether they will be allowed to stay in this country legally or face deportation. I think I've established. My life here in the United States and I've been here for the majority in my life and for me to potentially. Be sent back home to Mexico quote uncle home. I would be devastating not only to me but see you my community. My employer my family my friends. It was the Obama administration back in 2012 that extended legal protections for these young people notice dreamers. Brought to the country illegally as children. Arab Americans in their heart. In the minds. In every single way but want. On paper. The program known as daka deferred action for childhood arrivals allow dreamers to come out of the shadows to go to school and work. All without fear of deportation. And today they make up the fabric of America. 90% have jobs including 27000. In health care working on the front lines in the fight against cove it. Nearly half aren't ruled in school some fairly even speak the language of the countries where they were born. English is how they communicate. Americans in both parties overwhelmingly support protecting dreamers. Yet these young people are once again stuck in the middle of a political fight over how to reform the country's immigration laws. Even as an immigration hardliner president trump early onset under his watch dreamers had nothing to fear. I think it. Leftist groups. Without Everett thank you very. But he's protecting them from deportation as a bargaining chip. Hoping to get congress to fund his border while in exchange once treating if there is no wall there is no daka. He administration repeatedly punching blaming congress for not doing more to protect dreamers who could this. White House envision a scenario in which these dreamers are deported would that be something the president is okay west at this point. The president is willing to sign something took find a permanent solution for knocked and he has placed. The responsibility which the constitution has placed and he is reminded congress that it is they're job to actually. Get that legislation passed incident and again he's gonna play a big role in the process. But it's on congress to get that legislation through the two bodies and hit the president's desk. But congress has tried and failed more than a dozen times to pass protections for these dreamers coming up empty every single time in. And in this election year given state of the economy and the surging corona virus here is once again little incentive for action. Democratic challenger Joseph Biden promises executive action to protect dreamers on day one if he's elected. Georgia. Once again. Make allies all the doctors students these doctors students are more Americans than most Americans are. He also says he'll send a bill to congress to outline a path to citizenship for doctor recipients. But unless his party controls both chambers on Capitol Hill that promise is easier said than done. The former director of US citizenship and immigration services under President Obama says the dreamers are being used as pawns in a dangerous political gain. The dreamers are logically part of your world picture. Integration. Border security so as a result the president has tried to use. Leverage. Half of some kind of relief and streamers in exchange for our conceptions that he wants the use while law and order rule. And tragedy that is that usually dreamer should have been. And. This summer many traders breathed a sigh of relief. When the Supreme Court delivered a stunning blow rejecting the White House's attempts and dock on this decision means that I will be able to play residency programs. And hopefully as human do it becoming a surgeon. And stop. It we're. But the High Court made it clear the president does have the right to end the program as long as he does it properly. So far the White House has not filed in new pace. Hit even as president has repeatedly threatening to go back to court just recently in an election town hall in Miami. He was back to claiming he wants to help dreamers. We are going to take care doc got. We're gonna take care of the dreamer. We want people to come into our country adapt to come in legally but we are working very hard call and adopt a program. And you will be I think very happy over the course of the next year. For people like Casey used it's just more of the same head spinning uncertainty. At the end of the day at pink. Whether it's president trump for president Biden there is going to be changed we're at a point in time where. The young folks that are growing and are even a vote and speak out. Are seeing that doctor recipients are truly. Hard working people. He can't vote in this election. But he's hoping those that do you make sure their vote means real lasting change in the only country he's ever really know. Still ahead on this ABC news live special Latino businesses struggling to survive in the US economy after surging for more than a decade families with their livelihoods on the line why Hispanic business owners were less likely to receive. A PPP loan from the federal government. Back now with the economy played such a pivotal role in the presidential election. With one point five trillion dollars in purchasing power and an estimated 500 billion dollars in annual revenue coming from Latino owned businesses alone. There's noted on Latinos are essential to the success of our country. Many generating wealth and small businesses. So how will business owners vote here's ABC's Stephanie wrong us. When Luciano Gomez came to view west from Argentina nineteen years ago she didn't know owning the business would be in her future. None tell you that. I mean yeah it looks like not to have Miami isn't the center north Iowa if anything is going to be healthy he's got to that last night at. When the pandemic Kate like many small business owners Gomez applied for the paycheck protection program loans. I'd done it roses will be CNN and it wasn't good unless Alice in videos because I would look. On TV that the money was almost nine. Researchers from Stanford University shows that Latino business owners were approved the PPP alone at half the rate of white business owners. Gomez dipped into her savings to stay afloat how many many seem to end Allison on of that rate and the like like I haven't I mean to keep going. A neighbor suggested she go through a community day where she received a 151000 dollar loan a week later. The pandemic is one of many hurdles Gomez has faced as an on trip to new war. In the beginning what were some of the challenges that you as a Latino woman faced. I indices them is not easy to navigate from. From. Financial perspective. That's is due. I mean again. And things of that nature and evil done gone and necessarily think you excuse me when you have an accident. Gomez has already cast her ballot for vice president Joseph blighted and tells us that she boats not just for herself but her community. I like it's funny scenes I just feel like I will be there represented but again it's not just about me on my business. My it has seized on these these -- has to do with being beaten up until in this country is going so. You cannot think about it good economy without the connecting us into. According to a recent study the total economic output of Latinos in the US was more than two point six trillion dollars in 2018. You don't want to support policies that impact them and their business despite Latinos massive impact on the US economy. Many business owners struggle to see growth. Not enough business owners who earned nearly one point five trillion dollars more in Latin citizens what's driving that if. Access to external capital there are projected five million Latino owned businesses in the Hugh west. But research from Stanford University shows that only 3%. Of those businesses are over a million dollars in annual revenue. Ryan Betancourt is a Cuban American on for new war and one of the few Latinos running the business he says is worth millions. Last valuation was over thirty million. Biotech entrepreneur and CEO he ventured into the shark tank in 2019. Looking for capital to bolster his burgeoning business it's time to get serious with how we fear pets 550000. Dollars. 10% of the company. And then we have a. His company success is a big step up from his family's humble beginnings. My family received into the US is Cuban refugees and became entrepreneurs whence they settled in Miami. My mother my father actually started a small plumbing business this Stanley is like -- many others diverse. Yet to bite it I think that my own family encompasses a lot of what we see across America. For men on to support Donald Trump through to my mother who actually supports. I didn't we all love each other we cared deeply about each other. But sometimes some of the divisions are pretty strong. Betancourt is voting for vice president Joseph Biden in November and says his personal values translate to his politics what's really driving my decision. Are the things that I care deeply about which is about science. Climate change and sustainability. And you can say about people and our pets. While Betancourt is casting his vote for Biden in Arizona eight key swing state. Restaurant owner Jorge every bus is a proud supporter of the press to. Rivas support for president trump making headlines after facing criticism. Book leading some to support his business. We saw on the news last night meant paying him. Hats and backlash supporting trump and civic that we would come and support them. One of the reasons. I want to book four president trump. He believes in law and order. And for a sound like myself who came from Osama there very violent country Boeing order is very important for me. Revis is not alone according to pew research almost 20%. Of Hispanics are Republican. And an additional 10% lean Republican. Some of the main draws to the Republican Party business and religion. Especially issues related to abortion and traditional marriage. Thousand in eight rivas tells us he voted for Barack Obama. But slowly the party he says moved to new direction secluded follow. The only choice that that we have is to vote. The Republicans because they nine more doors or with our moral values and the person that we are. But for all that divides Americans we buzz is proud of the life that he has built here. Hobby my wife and I haven't come to this country. Very early age. It is speaking very little English. It this country gives you the efforts need to educate yourself give you the opportunity to work hard and get rewarded. For it. The pursuit of that American promise the fuel for so many dreams and the bedrock of the entire economy ending. The Indy grand daddy is full of deals and it takes a lot of leg but has to be here along with yearly want them you are mock. I'm a lot of and that happens there goes on its side. When we come back with Venus taking center stage from the Super Bowl halftime show to baton. From music to movies to TV the Latino influence now a global phenomenon. Finally tonight Latinos are leaving something of a cultural revolution in the US. At around the world all you need to do was look. And listen here's ABC's deal beneath this. Big names like pit bulls when Romeo suntech. Prove it's more than a movement and hotter than a trend. Taking over the entertainment industry or even so much in this country there is no here right now in this in the lot TX culture. And now even pull it. We see Latinos. Big stage. Like the super. And flexing power in the music industry. Jennifer Lopez and Montezuma greasing billboards 20/20 Latin power players issue just last year Spotify vive Latino play that's growing five times faster than any other playlist. A cultural moment crystallized by creators like Lin Manuel Moran's. Who received award after award not just for Hamilton but also for the musical in the heights which explored Latino culture in New York City. And got his first Tony this is well. I'm Michael people. And the numbers don't lie Cuban American pop artists coming up abate and Puerto Rican vehicle and sensation that bunny. Both hitting top five in Spotify is most dreamed category last year. Faris betting that it was very good for want to program was a much talked out. Some. Angle radio stations that's not the case stores like Dickey G to flying beyond. Finding international success there's still hard working and that weren't retired and being disrespect. Latino cultural contributions running deep in America spanning generations. In just a few years looking over across the world have expanded their reach and while the community has a long presence in the US. Recognition for their cultural contribution. Has been stagnant. I think that anyone that right now doesn't tap de Latin potential this fight rooms yeah. Businesses now noticing that Latinos represent a lucrative audience Filipino donor collaborative reporting that as of when he team. The US Latino GDP is the fastest growing market in the US two point six trillion dollars stroll. Latinos spending power most evident in music as Latino artists continue to generate millions of streams and dollars in the US. We've grand and we need to go their cultures and this is great because he can a health landing artists get out of that box where. Sometimes we get base. Kind of tender but there are not in the semi nasty. Even with some success stories actress Justine in the shuttle's says cultural recognition is still far from complete there weren't a lot of people when I was growing not. On television aren't films that I could that I could grasp onto Wednesday I'll allow that's like me Machado a veteran Latina actress with twenty years in the business says Hollywood can do more. I'd like to see more of our stories I'd like to see more of us on network television. Most. And while Latinos have graced the small screen for decades like and I Love Lucy. And starred mater and he comedies like Ugly Betty plopped a first impression. Not the Eagles are still left out when it comes to recognition. This year's Emmys marking the six time Latinos went without nominations in any major category. Every note. Now it's like for one day at a time triggering outrage in the community. Now problem right now is that we have this huge plot how. And they're just not that many roles you know a few Latino that we do have out there they're still not getting nominations. While limited lot Beatles have won some recent visibility since when he thirteen the real appeal directors have won best director at the Oscars. And Pixar is cocoa smashed records becoming what the highest grossing animated film. And some shows featuring Latino families. Have found a home on prone tone and. How have you seen the industry changed over all these years that you've been working in Hollywood a lot of the stories that are being told are not being told with us we're seeing a lot T next people in front of the camera behind the camera. In the writers' room and having a say in these stories the young kids were breaking into this business right now. Do you think they're doing anything differently these young black teen X artist and I'm just blown away by them as they have enough either. They know what they are at their ground today. So to be able to see a new generation and just living their best flags and receiving everything that they're giddy. It gives me hope. A thriving community hungry for a piece of the pie in Hollywood now looking to grab a slice of DC. Walking your Humana or little sky little saints. They deserved those inspirations. To see somebody who looks like them. Achieve their dream US representative Tony kind of denounced says he's hard at work to ensure the Latino experience is reflected in American history. Well in 2004 it was the first time the United States congress texting moved in initiative forward. And it got through I made a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives when he finally got that bill to the floor. After ten years of trying. And it was a very emotional moment for me and I got this talk about this history of people that I've looked out the lettuce went back. Astronaut Jose Hernandez these are the kinds of stories that need to be told. Now out of announces spearheading the effort to make the next in the Sony and museum on the National Mall one that honors the Latino community. The point is to inspire to get people. Something to look and NC a person looks like might deal might be out on my grandpa are my grandma and analysts and say hey they couldn't do it I can do it too. Today got a than us says the bill is in the Senate's hands and believes Americans must vote if we want to make the museum a reality. Having representation everywhere it's really important everybody in the room he should be able to around that's the America so the messages clean. With Latinos being the largest minority group eligible to vote. Your vote matters broker that's what can go all the Joseph all bought them. By animal that likes the podium that he got its voice that I still. Thank you so much for join us for this ABC news live special remember Election Day is. November 3 early voting is already underway in all fifty states for Cecilia and Tom I'm John Q new ordinance goodnight.

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