UnidosUS issued the following statement by Eric Rodriguez, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, in response to the U.S. Census Bureau’s new data measuring the nation’s poverty and income during 2018, the second year of the Trump administration. UnidosUS has also compiled a fact sheet on Latino income and poverty based on the Census Current Population Survey.

Press Statement

UnidosUS Issues Statement and Fact Sheet on New U.S. Census Poverty Figures and the Latino Community

September 10, 2019

Contact:
Daniel Cruz
dcruz@unidosus.org
202-776-1782

WASHINGTON, DC—UnidosUS (formerly NCLR)—the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization—today issued the following statement by Eric Rodriguez, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, in response to the U.S. Census Bureau’s new data measuring the nation’s poverty and income during 2018, the second year of the Trump administration. UnidosUS has also compiled a fact sheet on Latino income and poverty based on the Census Current Population Survey.

“The data shows a continuing trend of upward income and a decrease in poverty that started in 2014, but the 2018 poverty rate is still too high and demonstrates that there is much more work to do to create opportunities for families to improve their well-being and overall standing in the economy. We’re particularly concerned about the 4.4 million Latino children living in poverty.

“We are also troubled that the uninsured population rose again last year. This decline of people with access to health coverage comes as the Trump administration has repeatedly attacked the Affordable Care Act and critical health safety net programs.

“The data are more than just numbers to UnidosUS. Through our work, we know that too many Latino families continue to struggle to make ends meet and access the health care services they need. Latinos are still more likely to live in poverty than Whites, and the median income of Latino households continues to lag behind that of most other Americans.

“Today’s data are further evidence that any efforts to strengthen the economy should specifically include strategies to address disparities among Latinos’ economic position and those of other groups.”  

Please click here to read Latino Income and Poverty in 2018: A Snapshot of the Census Current Population Survey.

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 more than 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.