Voto Latino Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Student Debt Relief
In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Student Loan Debt Relief, Voto Latino Founding President and CEO María Teresa Kumar released the following statement:
“Student loans are the ultimate junk fee. They burden strivers who are on the path to contributing to the economy, and they worsen income inequality. Affordable and equitable access to education is the marker of a thriving democracy. When I worked on Capitol Hill as a young staffer, it was incredibly rare to see people who looked like me in the room, because few people of color could afford jobs that didn’t cover the cost of their loans. Addressing this challenge is not only the right thing to do, it’s also an economic imperative for America.
“Today’s decision from the Supreme Court entrenches inequity and allows the burden of student loan debt to disparately impact Black and Brown communities. It is deeply disappointing, and will both exacerbate economic injustice and harm the long-term growth of the U.S. economy. The new generation of young leaders and their tireless advocacy will continue to move this conversation forward, as we all know the work is just beginning. We must continue the fight to ensure access to education is affordable for everyone, and we must continue to push for solutions that can make a difference from debt cancellation to college affordability.”
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Voto Latino is a grassroots civic engagement organization focused on educating and empowering a new generation of Latinx voters, as well as creating a more robust and inclusive democracy. Through innovative digital campaigns, culturally relevant programs and authentic voices, we shepherd the Latinx community towards the full realization of its political power.