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February 28, 2017

Trump's Policies, Latino Priorities, and Catholic Perspectives

People gathered holding signs and waving small American flags.

A new president, administration, and Congress offer major new challenges and opportunities for the Latino community. This timely discussion explored policy, pastoral, and professional questions posed by the Trump agenda:

  • ​How should young Latino leaders respond to executive orders, proposed policies, and leadership of President Trump?
  • How can the Latino community and young leaders stand with Dreamers, other immigrants, and refugees in these uncertain and fearful days?
  • What roles can the Latino community play in the issues of healthcare, religious freedom, education, labor policy, and protection of the unborn and undocumented?
  • What messages of hope and possibilities do Catholic social teaching offer to young Latino leaders as they sift through these daunting personal, professional, and public issues?

This discussion featured key leaders on these urgent challenges.


Bishop Mario Eduardo Dorsonville-Rodríguez is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington. Among his many responsibilities, Bishop Dorsonville leads the archdiocese’s Hispanic ministry.

María Teresa Kumar is the president and CEO of Voto Latino, a civic media organization that recognizes Latino leadership and encourages civic engagement. Voto Latino has registered over a quarter million voters since its founding in 2004.