News Release

UnidosUS Urges Congress to Urgently Approve Legislation to Protect Families and Workers Across the Nation During Coronavirus Crisis

Letter to Congress lays out needed elements of a relief package

March 20, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC—UnidosUS (formerly known as the National Council of La Raza), the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, sent a letter to the leadership in both houses of Congress today calling for the approval of legislation that protects the health and economic well-being of millions of Americans, including 58 million Hispanics.

“Now is the time to protect all families facing a pandemic and economic crisis unseen in generations,” says UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía. “Latinos, immigrants and low-wage workers are on the front lines of this crisis, often at great risk to themselves and their families. Congress must act swiftly to help these families deal with the hardship that is coming.”

According to the letter, Hispanics have made significant contributions to the nation’s economy and prosperity, yet the legacy of inequality and discrimination has resulted in socioeconomic disparities for this community. UnidosUS is sounding the alarm bell that the disparities will worsen if Congress fails to reach all families in need, particularly the most vulnerable—those who are locked out of federal and state safety nets, including immigrants raising U.S.-born children.

UnidosUS calls on national leaders to put partisanship aside, eliminate all barriers to COVID-19 testing and health care for the duration of the crisis and aggressively fortify the safety net to protect all families.

In the letter, UnidosUS specifically calls for Congress to:

  • Address the major health care needs of the Latino community.
  • Provide economic aid to all in need.
  • Prevent Hispanic children and students from falling even further behind their peers while schools grapple with the crises.
  • Ensure that all people, including immigrants, are protected and safe.

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 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Christopher Allbritton
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