As two American citizens – one an immigrant, the other a child of immigrants – who have dedicated our careers to fighting for American workers, we believe President Trump’s immigration policies aren’t just morally wrong, they’re economic poison.
Take, for example, the story of Marvin Flores. Marvin is a bricklayer who has lived and worked in the United States legally for nearly 20 years. He has three children, all U.S. citizens by birth who don’t speak Spanish, the language of his native country, El Salvador. He has a mortgage here and pays taxes, including Social Security taxes, even though he is ineligible to collect those benefits. And he’s a union organizer, fighting for better wages and benefits for his brothers and sisters in labor.
Marvin is also one of over 300,000 migrants from ten countries living in the United States under Temporary Protected Status (TPS).