USMCA would benefit Latinos
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement would benefit Latinos in various ways.
1. The agreement requires the Mexican government to protect workers’ right to unionize.
The government must enforce regulations on working hours, minimum wages and worker health and safety. To ensure the success of these provisions, USMCA requires Mexico to establish a new system of courts for adjudicating labor disputes. All three nations must observe rules protecting migrant workers from unfair practices and ban any form of compulsory labor.
These provisions are crucial for Latino laborers, who are disproportionately likely to suffer economic exploitation at the hands of unethical businessmen.
2. USMCA benefits Latino small business owners and their millions of workers.
As the chairman of the Latino Coalition and the former U.S. small business administrator, I have the privilege of working with Latino business owners across the country. They’re concerned about growing their businesses in an uncertain economic climate. USMCA will make it easier for Latino entrepreneurs to access markets in Mexico and Canada. The agreement devotes an entire chapter to reducing the burdens faced by small- and medium-sized firms when doing business elsewhere in North America.
3. USMCA supports Latinos in creative industries.
Writers, musicians and filmmakers
will surely applaud the deal’s stronger intellectual property protections. The agreement provides copyright protection for books, music and movies. It also prohibits customs duties on digital products like software and e-books. These changes make it easier for Latino creators to sell their works abroad.
Lawmakers have delayed a USMCA vote long enough. It’s time they give this historic trade deal the swift ratification it deserves.
Hector Barreto, chairman
The Latino Coalition
Trump lies to veterans
I just read about the Department of Veterans not paying for $53 million in care for our veterans! Seems like President Trump is lying to us veterans when he pontificates about taking care of us and says we can get treatment from the private sector.
That is total BS coming from the president. For five months in 2017 veterans were denied payment of their medical bills if they went to the emergency room for treatment.
When is this president going to tell us the truth in all things?
Our national debt is growing like crazy too.
Bill Williams, Palmview
Congressman ignores crisis
A recent article titled “Congressional group visits Border Patrol, respite center” stated that Congressman Vicente Gonzalez “said the conditions surrounding the crisis at the border are un-American.”
It is un-American not to support our U.S. Constitution Article 4, Section 4 in doing all that we can to secure our borders.
In a Feb. 6 online news article, Mr. Gonzalez stated, “We do not have a crisis on the border, we have a crisis in three Central American countries — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, where people are emigrating from.”
The border crisis has gotten worse on his watch and unfortunately it was more than six months into his second term when he finally admitted we have a crisis on our border (time lost to combat the crisis).
He stated in your article, “We need to get to the root of the problem … which is economic instability and all the violence happening in those three countries.” Indeed, we must continue to assist the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala) with its issues. The heart of our crisis, however, is a failure by Congress to fix our asylum laws.
We must also must provide our Customs and Border Protection agents with needed resources, increase our immigration judges, etc.!
Ultimately, it’s costing American taxpayers more than $134 billion per year and counting! So we must start with our borders first, with Texas first, with America first, closing loopholes and removing incentives for illegal crossing, or we will continue to see an increasing and never-ending problem on our borders.
Tim Westley, Selma, Texas