The integrity of the crucial 2020 election and the ability of voters, including Latino voters, to be able to participate in a fair and honest election continues to be at stake.

Press Statement

UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía's Statement on President Trump's Impeachment Acquittal: ‘A Sad Day for Our Republic’

February 5, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC— UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza)—the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization—today issued the following statement by President and CEO Janet Murguía regarding the Senate’s acquittal of President Trump on two articles of impeachment.

“We supported the impeachment process because of our deep concern that the president’s actions on Ukraine were deliberately intended to interfere with the electoral process to his personal benefit. We agree with Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) that the House impeachment managers proved their case with the overwhelming evidence that Trump did just that. Where we disagree with the senator is that we believe that there is no guarantee, and not even an indication, that he won’t continue to interfere with this election and abuse his power as president.

The integrity of the crucial 2020 election and the ability of voters, including Latino voters, to be able to participate in a fair and honest election continues to be at stake. Yet, with the notable exception of the morally and politically courageous vote of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), who stated ‘my own view is that there’s not much I can think of that would be a more egregious assault on our Constitution than trying to corrupt an election to maintain power,’ the Senate majority abandoned its duty and responsibility to the Constitution and refused to hold this president accountable for these actions. 

And the idea that President Trump’s behavior will change as a result of this process is wishful thinking unsupported by any evidence. This vote and the Senate majority’s ongoing refusal to challenge or hold this president accountable on any issue are a profound threat to the democratic process. It is clear, then, that it is up to us, the American people—including the 60 million Latinos and Latinas who call this country home—to hold President Trump accountable, to restore faith in our Constitution, and protect our democracy.”

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 FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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