News Release

ICYMI: NCLR on Donald Trump, Judge Curiel, and the Protests in California

June 9, 2016

Julian Teixeira
(202) 776-1812

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the last several days, there have been numerous instances of misinformation, misrepresentation, and mischaracterization of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) in the media coverage of the protests at a Donald Trump event in California and Trump’s attack on U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel. To set the record straight, NCLR has published the following blog posts and background pieces:

NCLR has not called for, been involved in, or participated in any protests of candidates’ events, including Donald Trump’s. Throughout our 50-year history, NCLR has never called for nor condoned violence in any way. READ MORE

NCLR has condemned the despicable attack on Judge Curiel in the strongest possible terms. It is a textbook example of racism. READ MORE

Judge Curiel is not a member of NCLR, but listed himself on a judicial questionnaire as a member of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, a trade association for Latino lawyers. There are, in fact, thousands of organizations and entities that use the term “la raza” as a nod to our common heritage. While one definition of “raza” is “race,” the “la raza” in NCLR’s name refers to the “Hispanic people” or “Hispanic community.” Again, the term Hispanic does not refer to a race, it refers to an ethnicity. FIND OUT MORE

For those who charge that NCLR has a “radical” immigration policy agenda that is somehow outside of the mainstream, we would note the following:

  • First, NCLR’s agenda of smart enforcement prioritizes deporting those that pose a danger to society; increasing legal channels for those seeking to enter the U.S., and providing a path to legal status and eventual citizenship for long-term undocumented residents who meet certain qualifications. To qualify, people would have to pay a fine, pay their taxes, and pass a background check. Poll after poll shows that this agenda is supported by the vast majority of Americans. An August 2015 Gallup poll found that 65 percent of Americans support a path to citizenship, including 50 percent of Republicans polled.
  • Second, these core principles have been supported by every single American president going back to Ronald Reagan.
  • Finally, legislation introduced in Congress that embodies these principles has twice passed in the U.S. Senate over the last decade, and would pass in both chambers of Congress today if the leadership would put the issue up for a vote.

NCLR’s agenda reflects the will of the majority of the American people, five consecutive presidential administrations representing both political parties, and majorities in both chambers of Congress. Our views are also consistent with a vast coalition of business, labor, civil rights, conservative, progressive, and faith-based organizations. So who is it, exactly, that is outside of the mainstream—NCLR, or those who are so afraid to put the legislation we support up for a vote? FIND OUT MORE

For more information, contact Julian Teixeira, Senior Director, Communications, at

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