Washington, D.C. – César J. Blanco, political director of the Latino Victory Project, issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, Neil Gorsuch:

“Gorsuch’s track record on women’s reproductive rights and issues of discrimination and police brutality suggests he doesn’t have all of our interests in mind nor that he could be independent of advancing Trump’s agenda and saying no to him once he goes too far. We urge Democrats to protect our values and give this potential justice the tough vetting and full consideration a position of this distinction deserves.The Supreme Court plays an indispensable role in our democracy. The Court is the ultimate arbiter of the Constitution and our ability to uphold fundamental American values that guarantee every person equal justice under the law.

“The radical actions taken so far by the president — including his discriminatory executive order on refugees and immigrants — make clear that the next justice to the Supreme Court must be willing to serve as a check on extremist and unconstitutional policies that undermine our system of self-governance and our justice system. Republicans have been rewarded for their obstructionism and refusal to confirm Judge Garland. It is a sad day in our democracy, and Republicans celebrating the success of their obstructionism should be ashamed of themselves.”