Press Statement

UnidosUS Strongly Condemns "RAISE Act"

Bill Is a Political Stunt, Not Serious Policymaking

August 2, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC—UnidosUS (formerly NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, strongly condemned the “RAISE Act,” legislation introduced by Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) at a news conference with President Trump at the White House today. The “RAISE Act” would cut the number of legal immigrants to this country in half.

“UnidosUS has long been on record in support of commonsense, bipartisan fixes to our legal immigration system. This is not that, not by a long shot. What the ‘RAISE Act’ is, though, is yet another attempt steeped in bigotry, division and falsehoods to exploit unfounded fears within President Trump’s base. First, it was demonizing undocumented immigrants, then refugees, and now it’s legal immigrants,” stated UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía. 

“The RAISE Act is as appalling as it is deceptive. ‘Policy’ made on false premises is simply and most assuredly a false promise. Our message—do not be taken in by this phony legislation,” Murguía concluded.

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 at the national and local levels. For almost 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