Press Statement

UnidosUS’s Janet Murguía Responds to Puerto Rico Governor’s Resignation

July 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC—UnidosUS (formerly NCLR)—the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization—today issued the following statement by President and CEO Janet Murguía in response to Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s resignation.

“After nearly two weeks of the largest protests in the history of Puerto Rico, the people of the island have prevailed. It was an extraordinary and inspiring demonstration of the power democracy can have when our fellow citizens use their voice to not only hold their elected officials accountable, but also assert their values as a society. It has been very clear that Puerto Ricans want to move beyond this painful crisis to focus on the ongoing effort to fully recover from Hurricane Maria and promote economic growth. We believe that in the weeks and months to come, they deserve the full support and attention of their government both on the island and in Washington, DC.”

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.