Press Statement

UnidosUS Mourns Loss of Senator John McCain

August 27, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC—UnidosUS today expressed great sorrow at the passing of a giant in the United States Senate, Senator John McCain. As a war hero, member of Congress, Senator and presidential candidate, McCain spent his entire life in public service and served his country bravely and selflessly. UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía released the following statement:

“We join the millions of people in this country and in the world, who are mourning the loss of a singular figure in American politics, John McCain. As a man who believed wholeheartedly in this country and lived his ideals, he was a genuine American hero and a patriot in the truest sense of the word.

Throughout his career, Senator McCain was a friend to the Latino community and to our organization. He was one of the first members of Congress we honored for his service to our community and one of the most recent.

Anyone who ever had the privilege of hearing him speak, as we did many times at UnidosUS events, would hear his genuine concern and affection for Latinos in this country. He fought alongside us for programs to assist English learners and early childhood education, language assistance for voters and better health care for our community. And he never forgot that immigrants, including those who crossed the Arizona desert, were first and foremost human beings that deserved compassion, respect and dignity.

He became one of the leading champions of comprehensive immigration reform in Congress, working closely with leaders on both sides of the aisle to enact fair, humane and effective reform. He never wavered in his pursuit of reform, even in the face of backlash and the unfortunate extremism that overtook his party on this issue. And he never wavered in treating our community with decency and respect, even on issues where we disagreed, and as others in his party denigrated and demonized immigrants and Latinos.

And although we often disagreed on policy, it is this integrity, this courage in his convictions and this unwavering belief in democracy and the ideals of this country that will be sorely missed in the Latino community and in our country. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Cindy and the entire McCain family.”

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 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.