Press Statement

UnidosUS Calls on Congress to Take Action on Bipartisan Immigration Bills

March 27, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC— UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía issued the following statement on the introduction of the Dream Act of 2019—a bipartisan immigration bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for our nation’s DREAMers—and the SECURE Act, which would provide lasting protections for TPS holders. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) made the announcement on the DREAM Act reintroduction yesterday, while Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced the SECURE Act of 2019.

“Yesterday’s announcement is more than a welcome step—it is a reminder that our fight to protect our DREAMers and TPS recipients has not and will not let up until we deliver the permanent solution that they deserve. Living in perpetual fear of deportation, of being separated from loved ones, of being denied an opportunity to reach their potential and lead fulfilling, productive lives, is no way to live. Enough stalling—the time to act is now. We thank Senators Durbin and Graham for spearheading this bipartisan effort on the DREAM Act and Senator Van Hollen on the SECURE Act. We call on Congress to make the right decision and move these measures through, for our DREAMers and for our country.”

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 and Twitter.