News Release

UnidosUS: Hardline, Enforcement-Heavy Approach to Immigration is Fruitless and Misguided

Forthcoming White House-Graham proposal is a dead-on-arrival effort

May 10, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC—UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) issued the following statement in response to reports of a prospective immigration proposal currently in the works by the Trump administration:

“Time and time again, the Trump administration and its allies have failed to address the border issue with effective and thoughtful policies, opting instead to pursue enforcement-only approaches that have worsened—not improved—the humanitarian situation at the border. In doing so, they have further undermined the rights of asylum-seeking families and children—and U.S. citizens alike. This dead-on-arrival proposal further confirms that the administration is no authority when it comes to proposing real solutions to modernize our immigration system or that it’s even serious about doing so.

As it stands, the suite of proposals recently reported on seeks to cut back on our commitment to family unity and family reunification, while ignoring real solutions to address the needs at the border. Moreover, while many of us may agree that we need to modernize out visa system, jeopardizing family-based immigration—and the benefits that flow from it—is not the solution. But the central question remains: why should we believe that the Trump administration has the capacity and desire to resolve these issues when their track record tells us otherwise?”

- Carlos Guevara, Senior Policy Advisor, UnidosUS

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.