Press Statement

UnidosUS: Spending Package Funds Education, Infrastructure and Other Priorities, But Leaves Out DREAMers

March 23, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congress revealed their $1.3 trillion, six-month spending package for the rest of the fiscal year, avoiding another costly government shutdown. In February, a bipartisan agreement eliminated the threat of sequestration for the next two years, opening the door for Congress to fund important priorities, like defense spending and programs that help working families get by. The spending deal funds many of these priorities, but Congress unfortunately passed on another opportunity to provide a permanent legislative solution for DREAMers.

“In a time of economic growth, we should be increasing investments in our communities, improving the education system, expanding access to health care and creating high-quality jobs. This bill does some of those things, like providing $250 million to bolster the work-study program and make college more affordable for low- and middle-income students, and providing $10 billion for our nation’s infrastructure,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía.

President Trump requested $25 billion to fund the construction of a border wall, but the spending package included just $1.6 billion for border security. Unfortunately, the bill did not include a legislative fix for the 800,000 young people brought to the United States as children.

“While this bill does not fund President Trump’s ‘big, beautiful wall,’ his anti-immigrant, anti-Latino agenda remains alive and well. Rather than embracing the contributions of hardworking immigrant families, Republicans insist on advancing the Trump agenda of terrorizing immigrant communities and wasting government resources. Policymakers must remain vigilant in pushing for a legislative solution for thousands of DREAMers and should continue to oppose increased funding for immigration enforcement that rips our families apart,” 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.