LULAC Says It Supports Xavier Becerra Nomination For HHS

Nation’s Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Says Health and Human Service Agency Is Facing Historic Challenges with COVID-19

Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) today issued the following statement on the reported selection of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services by President-elect Joe Biden:

Domingo Garcia - LULAC National President“
LULAC strongly supports President-elect Biden selection of Xavier Becerra to lead this important agency as it faces one of its most critical challenges amid a spreading pandemic that has already infected 14.8 million Americans and claimed the lives of more than 282,000 others in our country. Mr. Becerra’s decades of public service experience, both as a U.S. Congressman and Attorney General of California have prepared him well to take on this important job. He has the skills and ability required to make the difficult decisions and an ability to lead a vast agency that reaches every community of the United States and Puerto Rico. LULAC and I have worked for many years with the Congressman, then Attorney General Becerra and find him to be someone who is willing to listen, consider and act in the best interest of all communities and individuals at greatest need including access to quality healthcare and vital social services. LULAC looks forward to working with a leader who has a genuine interest in helping those most vulnerable and who are suffering the most.”

Sindy Benavides - LULAC National Chief Executive Officer
“We are elated President-elect Biden has nominated CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. In his current role, he has been at the helm of a coalition with 20 states in support of the Affordable Care Act which speaks volumes about his sincere and deep concern for fairness and an America that acknowledges the safety and well-being of every man, woman and child in our country. The cascade of suffering due to Covid-19 and health inequities that Latinos, African Americans, and Native Americans have been enduring for months in concentrated inner-city and urban centers, is spilling with ferocity into other regions across the Midwest, Appalachia and the Southeast. This makes the role of the Secretary of HHS one of the most critical in the Administration of President Biden. LULAC has worked with nominee-Becerra over many years and considers him a good friend of the Latino community. He is a public servant who will do the same for people in every neighborhood, city and state across the country and Puerto Rico. We will be there ready to join him and support him through the confirmation process.”

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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/

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