The coronavirus pandemic has killed more Latinos than any other ethnic group in California, and that could have devastating consequences for the future of the state, according to a Latino community leader.
New government data shows Latinos, who make up about 38% of California’s population, were nearly half of state residents who died after contracting the coronavirus.
The most recent Census count reveals that Latinos comprise the largest racial and ethnic group in the state — more than one in three Californians identifying as part of that group. The data also showed an increase in the number of eligible voters among Latinos.
Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, says losing members of the growing ethnic group could cripple political and socioeconomic progress made here.
“This is a community whose contributions to our economy, to our society, and to our leadership is essential to a thriving California in the future.”
Saenz says younger Latinos in particular may bear the brunt of the effects.