Press Statement

White House Proposal Uses DREAMers to Push Anti-Immigrant Agenda

January 26, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) rejected an immigration plan announced by the White House that would drastically alter our nation’s immigration system. Cloaked as a solution for DACA recipients, youth who came to the United States as children, the White House plan dramatically slashes legal immigration and provides billions in funding for a mass deportation force. 

“The White House plan is yet another attempt to undermine a real legislative solution for DREAMers. Their intent is to do a bait-and-switch on the American people by using relief for DREAMers, something the overwhelming majority of our country supports, to destroy our country’s legal immigration system, starting with a ban on family and diversity. In the process, they also seek to write a $25 billion blank check to the largest and most unaccountable law enforcement entity in the country, whose abuses have been widely documented,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía.

“Members of Congress who stand for real solutions and have worked in a bipartisan manner to produce them, should not fall for this trap. It’s a cruel game, it needs to stop and the only way to do that is for congressional Republican leadership to bring true common ground proposals to the floor for a vote," 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 that affect Latinos 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 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.