A senior Latina adviser has left former Vice President Joe Bidens presidential campaign, according to a report on Monday.
Vanessa Cardenas, the aide, was in charge of outreach to Latino and African-American organizations on behalf of Bidens campaign. Her Twitter page says she is “formerly with @joebiden.”
Her departure was first reported by Politico. Two sources told the news outlet that she left Bidens campaign because it didnt focus enough on Latino issues.
“The campaign is just hyper-focused on whites in Iowa and African-Americans and it placed less value on Latino outreach,” one person, described as an immigration activist, told Politico.
“Vanessa kept banging her head against the wall trying to get them to take the community more seriously,” another said. “And Biden just really wont change when it comes to the way he talks about immigration. It became too much.”
Cardenas, according to the news outlet, had no experience in working on a political campaign before Biden. Cristobal Alex, who is the former president of the influential Latino Victory Fund, is Bidens most senior adviser to the former vice president.
The move comes after Biden told a protester in South Carolina that he wont stop all deportations if he is elected president.
“I will not stop all deportations. If you have a, if you commit a crime, thats a felony,” Biden told the protester. “You should vote for Trump,” Biden told him.
The protester was reportedly part of the far-left immigration group Movimiento Cosecha.