While President Donald Trump has become known as a hardliner on immigration, he has also expressed support for those in the Hispanic community who follow the laws and work hard.
On Thursday, Trump acted on that campaign rhetoric by signing an executive order meant to stoke prosperity among Hispanic Americans.
The minority group is currently the largest in America, with about 60 million legal residents and citizens living across the nation.
“Foster public-private partnerships”
At the heart of Trump’s Hispanic Prosperity Initiative is a promise to provide better economic and educational opportunities for the growing demographic.
White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere issued a statement heralding the executive order as a positive step toward providing all Americans equal opportunity for success.
“Members of the commission will research and identify best practices for school choice, encourage private-sector initiatives, and foster public-private partnerships in Hispanic American communities across the country,” he said, according to Fox Business.
While the recent executive order can be seen as the latest step toward supporting this community within America, it could also provide some political benefits. Overall, polling shows Trump remains competitive with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden when it comes to the Hispanic vote, and any progress he could make would benefit his re-election chances in November.
“Understanding and respect”
Mexico’s president has also offered praise for his American counterpart, most recently during a White House meeting earlier this week.
“As in the best times of our political relations, during my term as president of Mexico, instead of insults toward me and more importantly against my country, we have received from you understanding and respect,” Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said, according to the Associated Press.
In addition to making the case that his administration has helped revive the economy for all Americans, Trump also pushed for the creation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, aimed in part at improving relations between the U.S. and its southern neighbor.
After presiding over a record low rate of unemployment among the Hispanic community just last year, this executive order shows Trump is still interested in preserving and building the economic gains this community has seen in the United States.
As for whether the effort will be enough to help carry him across the finish line on Election Day, however, remains to be seen.