Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday (Jan. 20). Vice President Kamala Harris’ swearing-in also took place during the inaugural ceremony in Washington, D.C.
As a sign of the times, those few present — including former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton — wore face masks to the inauguration and practiced social distancing, as the event took place amid a global pandemic.
Following the swearing-in of Vice President Harris, Jennifer Lopez, wearing angelic white from head to toe, took the stage to perform an emotional rendition of “This Land Is Your Land.”
Becky G and Los Tigres del Norte, who like millions of Americans watched the ceremony from their homes, shared with Billboard a day before the inauguration their hopes for the Biden-Harris presidency.
“On issues, we are encouraged by early word of possible executive orders planned in the very first days of the administration to cease wasteful spending on a militarized border wall, impose a deportation moratorium, restore asylum access, reunite dived families at the border, and further support ’Dreamers,’” Jorge and Hernán Hernández said. “But the most important issue, without doubt, is to finally write and pass meaningful comprehensive immigration reform to effect positive change for years to come.”
Said Becky G: “Besides COVID-19, which is affecting our Black and brown communities disproportionately and is everyone’s primary concern this year, I think it is extremely important for more Latinx representation to be seen across the board in government positions. I hope that Biden continues to be progressive with his appointments, and that other major issues, such as immigration reform, education, and health care — amongst many others — are not just policies that shape political platforms, but commitments for sustainable change. We’ve needed reform for a very long time now, to dismantle systemic racism. For our Black and brown communities, it is critical to be heard, understood, and protected, since these issues can escalate to the point of life or death.”
Below, see more Latin artists reactions on social media to the Biden-Harris inauguration: