UnidosUS Statement on Senate Vote Against Border Security and Foreign Aid Package

Washington, DC — UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization, issued the following statement from President and CEO Janet Murguía in response to the Senate vote against the Border Security and Foreign Aid package today.

“Today the Senate voted down the Senate Border Security and Foreign Aid package. We were concerned and angered by the lack of Latino representation and input in the negotiations and strongly opposed the border provisions of the package, which were, for the most part, one-sided, harsh, and unworkable. We believe it was not the solution our country needs.

“Despite the bill’s defeat, extremism lost today. What this debate revealed is that if the issue of the border continues to be driven by the whims and bad faith of extremists in Congress and extremist leaders elsewhere, we will have only chaos and demagoguery, not solutions to an issue we and all Americans want to see resolved.

“Though it seems far away at the moment, we remain committed to a real immigration solution that truly results in a safe and secure border, a path to legality for the long-term undocumented, and a system built for the future economic needs of our country.”