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How Black Americans have fared under President Trump.

  • 1.6 million new jobs have been created for black Americans since President Trump was elected.
    • In December, the black unemployment rate was 5.9%.
    • The black American unemployment rate has been at or below 7% for 23 consecutive months.
    • Prior to President Trump’s administration, the black unemployment rate had never dipped below 7%.
    • In 2019, the African American unemployment rate hit a record low and remained below 7% for the entire year.
  • Under President Trump, incomes for black Americans have increased by 2.6%.
  • Under the Trump Economy, wages continue to rise which significantly benefits the lowest-paid workers.
  • The poverty rate among black Americans is at its lowest level in history.
    • Under President Trump, 350,000 fewer black Americans are living in poverty.
  • During the President’s first year in office, the black American poverty rate fell to 21.2% down from 22% the year before.
  • As a result of the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones were created in all 50 states, DC, and 5 territories.
    • Opportunity Zones which will create jobs and spur investment in disadvantaged communities.
    • These Opportunity Zones will spur $100 billion in private capital investment and impact 1.4 million minority households.

Criminal Justice Reform

  • President Trump signed the historic FIRST STEP Act into law.
    • The FIRST STEP ACT has been widely hailed as the most meaningful criminal justice reform in a generation.
    • This landmark legislation included necessary reforms to our justice system, improves our prison system, and prepares inmates for reentry in our communities.
    • As a result of the First Step Act, more than 3,000 Americans have been released from prison and 90% of those who have had their sentences reduced are black Americans.
    • The First Step Act shortens mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug crimes and provides judges greater liberty to go around mandatory minimums.
    • The law also allows offenders sentenced under racially motivated mandatory minimums to petition for their cases to be re-evaluated.
    • President Trump was awarded the 2019 Bipartisan Justice award by the nonprofit 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center. The President received this award for his “ability to work across the aisle to achieve meaningful progress in reforming our criminal justice system.”
  • President Trump has committed his Administration to advance second chance hiring for former prisoners. This includes launching a “Ready to Work Initiative.”
  • The Trump administration has fought for a federal tax credit on donations that fund scholarships to private schools, a proposal supported by 64% of African Americans.

Historically Black College & Universities

  • President Trump has made supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) a top priority.
    • In February 2017, President Trump announced the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs.
    • The President signed an Executive Order on HBCUs in February 2017, the earliest any President has signed an Order on HBCUs.
    • The EO established an Interagency Working Group to advance and coordinate work regarding HBCUs.
    • The federal HBCU initiative office was moved back into the White House, a move that leaders had requested under President Obama.
    • President Trump has appropriated more money than any other president to HBCUs.
    • The President signed legislation to increase federal funding for HBCUs by 13%, the highest level ever.
    • President Trump signed the FUTURE Act into law. The law permanently funds HBCUs and simplifies the FAFSA application.
    • The President worked with Congress to lift the ban on Pell Grants on summer classes.
    • Through the Capital Financing Program, the Administration has provided more than $500 million in loans to HBCUs.
    • The President directed the entire federal government to develop a strategy to support HBCUs. To date, this has been supported by 32 departments and agencies.
    • The Administration has forgiven more than $300 million in outstanding debt for four schools impacted by natural disasters and the budget provided $10 million to defer loan payments for 6 schools facing financial difficulties.
    • The Department of Education worked with HBCUs to protect $80 million in Title III carryover funding.
    • President Trump took a big step to end discriminatory restrictions to prevent faith-based HBCUs from accessing federal support.
    • The Administration continues to work with HBCUs to expand apprenticeship opportunities, career choices, and ensure they are receiving adequate support

Contact Chris Lawrence at chrislawrence87@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter at @chrislawrence87

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Chris Lawrence is currently the 1st Vice Chair of the Milwaukee County Republican Party. Formerly, he worked in the Wisconsin Legislature for conservative Sen. Duey Stroebel where he oversaw all incoming communications, managed the senator’s schedule, and handled all constituent inquires. Chris has an extensive background in community organizing, event planning, and volunteer recruitment. He worked at Americans for Prosperity (AFP) from 2014-2017 where he started as a part-time canvasser and grew into the Senior Field Director, managing all AFP operations in Milwaukee County and overseeing part-time staff. While at AFP, he worked on some of the most successful issue campaigns in Wisconsin, including Right to Work, repeal of the prevailing wage, the REINS Act, and other pro-taxpayer reforms. Chris has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his 3 daughters and son.