IHCC Statement on USHCC Political Endorsement

By Omar Duque, CEO & President of IHCC

Yesterday the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) took the unprecedented step of officially endorsing Hillary Clinton for President of the United States, the first such endorsement in the organization’s history.

While the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) is a non-partisan, non-political organization, we applaud the USHCC for their leadership and stance against Donald Trump’s divisive and hateful rhetoric.

In their endorsement the USHCC said “[Trump] has openly mocked and marginalized women, Hispanics, veterans, African-Americans, Muslims and the disabled, while turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to the dangerous undercurrents of anti-Semitism and homophobia emanating from his campaign and his followers.”

Trump’s rhetoric goes against IHCC’s values of diversity and inclusivity. IHCC believes that there is no room in our political discourse for Trump’s vitriol. There is too much at stake in the 2016 elections and for Latinos in Illinois and across the country.

Nationally, there are more than 27.3 million Hispanics eligible to vote (17.3 percent of all eligible voters). Yet, historically, Hispanic voter turnout has lagged behind the national average. As a community Latinos have an opportunity to impact the outcome of this election if they register and vote. We encourage our members and our community to make their voices heard and register to vote. To find out how, visit https://www.elections.il.gov