Press Statement

UnidosUS Supports Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump’s Apparent Attempt to Extort Ukraine Into Interfering in the 2020 Election

September 26, 2019

Contact:
Kristel Mucino
kmucino@unidosus.org
(202) 776-1766

WASHINGTON, DC— On Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House of Representatives will start a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump. The announcement came after reports the president sought help from a foreign leader to damage a political opponent. This alleged action by the president is unlawful, a betrayal of the Constitution, and one more attempt to subvert our electoral process. Today, UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía—leader of the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization formerly known as the National Council of La Raza—issued the following statement in support of this impeachment inquiry.

“President Trump’s apparent attempt to extort Ukraine into interfering in the 2020 election is a disturbing act and a serious charge that demands Congressional investigation. It is also the latest example of a president who has consistently sought to subvert our electoral process and act in defiance of the United States Constitution. We have seen that firsthand in the administration’s repeated attempts to disenfranchise Latino voters through the widely reviled and ridiculed voter fraud commission, as well as policies that undermine the Census and citizenship process.

Foreign interference in the 2016 election was an issue of the utmost concern to us, because we know that it was directly tied to the demonization of the Latino community on social media, which has contributed mightily to the bigotry, discrimination, racial profiling, and even violence our community has faced since then.

We support this impeachment inquiry. Congress must take all necessary steps to protect our democracy and Constitution, and determine whether the president’s actions warrant an indictment on criminal charges.”

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, Instagram, and Twitter.