Press Statement

The President And His Party Inflict A Completely Avoidable Shutdown On The Country

December 21, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC—At midnight today, President Trump and House Republican members will force a partial shutdown of the government by refusing to advance a unanimously passed Senate continuing resolution that, while seven weeks long, would have at least prevented a shutdown. The following is a statement by Janet Murguía, President and CEO of UnidosUS:

“This is no way to govern. President Trump and House Republicans have shown a complete disregard for taxpayers, and the hundreds of thousands of workers and their families who will be impacted by this completely avoidable shutdown. And to add insult to injury, the president is inflicting this shutdown on the country to extract $5 billion in funding for an unpopular and misguided border wall that the majority of Americans oppose.

It’s time to stop playing games with our government, with workers, and with the nation’s immigration system. The government needs to reopen, and the border wall, a monument to the president’s ego and to xenophobia, needs to be rejected once and for all.”

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Contact:
Camila Gallardo
cgallardo@unidosus.org
(305) 215-4259