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Working Families United Urges Senators to Support the SECURE Act
In reaction to the introduction of the Venezuela Temporary Protected Status and Asylum Assistance Act of 2018 by Senators Leahy, Menendez, Durbin, and Rubio proposing to extend TPS to eligible Venezuelans, Working Families United issued the following:
“The bipartisan proposal by the Senators to extend Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans who cannot safely return to their country given current conditions shows the necessity of the TPS program as a whole. It upholds the values that have made it a tradition of our country to offer safety to those whose lives are threatened and whose return is impossible.
We urge all Senators who support TPS for Venezuela to also support the SECURE Act (S. 2192). The SECURE Act is the solution that fixes the TPS program for current participants and continues to ensure the safety of people from all the countries experiencing dangers and uncertainty similar to Venezuela.”
Working Families United is a coalition of labor unions seeking immigrant worker justice. Together, we represent 4 million U.S. workers.
More can be found at workingfamiliesunited.org
In the wake of the historic 2018 midterm elections, Working Families United (WFU) released the following statement:
With the elections over, it is up to Congress to govern in the best interest all the American people.
We will be better off as a country when immigrants are given a pathway to citizenship instead of deeper division and threats of deportation.
Working Families United calls on Congress to immediately pass relief for recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as well as workers with Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
As unions that represent four million members, we pledge to challenge any program that erodes the rights of workers, to continue to push to make the protections for workers with TPS and DACA permanent, and defend against any further attacks on our immigrant brothers and sisters.
Working Families United is a coalition of seven labor unions, including the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, UNITE HERE, the Ironworkers, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Teamsters, and Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), representing four million members fighting for immigrant justice. WFU formed in 2017 in response to the pending crisis caused by President Trump’s termination of Temporary Protected Status for 300,000 immigrant workers. While the termination for Nicaragua, Sudan, El Salvador, and Haiti is currently blocked by a temporary injunction in the courts, the coalition continues to urge Congress to pass legislation to make the protections permanent for workers with TPS from all affected nations.
Unions Representing 3.5 Million Members Applaud Ruling,
Call on Congress to Offer Permanent Protections
In reaction to the news that a federal judge issued an injunction in the class action lawsuit filed by workers with TPS and their US citizen children to block the Trump administration’s plan to terminate TPS for Sudan, Haiti, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, Working Families United issued the following:
The hundreds of thousands of workers with TPS who build our cities and keep them running deserve the security of knowing the lives they’ve built in the US are safe. This shows that Trump’s move to terminate TPS was based in his racial motivations and not in any law or consideration of safety.
With the suit still in court, Congress must act to create a pathway to legal residency and make the protections permanent.
We won’t allow the Trump administration to strip away our members or strip away their rights. An attack on workers with TPS is an attack on unions. We will keep organizing until we see action in every branch of government to protect workers and union members with TPS.
TPS recipients in search of support or additional information on their status can connect with the coalition via facebook.com/wfucoalition or at its website workingfamiliesunited.org.
The coalition is collecting signatures in support of legislation to make protections permanent at workingfamiliesunited.org
Working Families United is a coalition of six unions representing 3.5 million workers seeking immigrant justice. Members include UNITE HERE, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Ironworkers, Bricklayers, United Food and Commercial Workers, Teamsters
WASHINGTON (May 4) — Working Families United, a coalition that represents more than two million union workers, issued the following statement on today’s White House decision to end TPS protections for Honduran nationals:
“We are outraged by the Trump administration’s decision to cancel TPS protections for 60,000 hardworking survivors of natural disaster from Honduras. By cancel protections for men and women who pay taxes, have undergone thorough background checks, are experienced, often skilled workers, and who contribute to our country every day, the White House is throwing the future of these families, their workplaces and communities, and our economy into turmoil.
In the span of just nine months–against our economic and security interests, and against our nation’s values–Trump’s DHS has cancelled protections for hardworking families from six countries. In September, Trump’s DHS cancelled TPS protections for Sudan, where civil war has displaced two million people; in November, for Haiti whose people continue to rebuild following natural disaster after natural disaster. In January, TPs was canceled for Nicaragua and El Salvador. Last month, it was Nepal, which is still rebuilding critical infrastructure after devastating earthquakes. And today, it is Honduras.”
“TPS holders from Honduras face grave danger if forced to return. The country continues to struggle with epidemics of dengue and other mosquito-borne illnesses and food insecurity, following Hurricane Mitch, subsequent tropical storms and a devastating drought. These dangers are compounded by riots following last year’s contested Presidential elections; at least 31 Hondurans have been killed in the unrest since last December.
“The message is clear: The Trump White House will use any and every cruel, senseless tactic to attack legal immigration and destabilize hardworking communities across the country. Today, we say enough is enough..
“We will not turn our backs on our coworkers, neighbors and family members who contribute to this country thanks to TPS. We will continue to stand with them. Congress must act to create a pathway to permanent status for all TPS holders.”
Contact: Anna Oman, [email protected], 301-979-5899
WASHINGTON (Apr 28) — Working Families United, a coalition that represents more than two million union workers, released the following statement on today’s decision by the Department of Homeland Security to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants from Nepal:
“We denounce the decision by the Trump Administration to end Temporary Protected Status for, and to threaten with deportation, thousands of families from Nepal who live and work legally in the United States. Congress must act immediately to protect the 9,000 Nepalese TPS holders–and all recipients of TPS.”
“This administration has taken its cruel agenda from the White House to our workplaces, from xenophobic message boards to our communities. Trump’s White House has created crisis after crisis for hardworking immigrant families and threatens our economy in the process. It has fallen on Congress to step in and resolve these manufactured disasters. “Nepal has not recovered from the initial 2015 earthquakes and subsequent floods. The country still struggles with inadequate infrastructure. Many Nepalese still lack access to basic needs like housing, health care, education, and food and water security. Close to 50 percent of families in Nepal rely on financial help from hardworking relatives abroad to survive. In fact, Nepal receives almost 30 percent of its overall GDP from remittances—making it one of five nations most dependent upon remittances. In 2017, 15 percent of earthquake survivors in the most impacted regions of Nepal reported that remittances are their main source of income. “Our immigration policy must reflect the very best of America and our shared values–not pit one group of immigrants against another. Congress must step up and fight for these workers and all 300,000 hardworking survivors of disaster and war facing the loss of TPS protections. Congress can fix this by creating a permanent solution for Nepali and other TPS holders. They should get to work immediately.”
Contact Anna Oman, [email protected], 301-979-5899
Working Families United is a coalition of labor unions, including the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, UNITE HERE, the Ironworkers, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), seeking immigrant worker justice. Together, we represent 2 million U.S. workers.
A federal lawsuit was filed today in U.S. District Court challenging the Trump administration’s unlawful termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an estimated 200,000 people from four countries.
Immigrant advocates are suing the Trump administration on behalf of TPS recipients from Haiti, El Salvador, Sudan, and Nicaragua. Prior to the Trump administration terminating TPS for these countries, Haiti had been designated for TPS for eight years, El Salvador for 17 years, Sudan for 21 years, and Nicaragua for 19 years.
President Donald Trump’s administration was sued by unions and advocates Monday for reining in a program that helps displaced immigrants by granting them legal status.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California filed the lawsuit alongside the labor unions Unite Here and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). The groups are hoping to save hundreds of thousands of immigrants who will soon lose legal status under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. They launched the legal challenge on behalf of Wilna Destin – a Haitian immigrant within the program who serves as a union organizer.
To all immigrant workers and their families, including union members, DACA recipients, TPS beneficiaries, refugees, and our undocumented brothers and sisters:
We want to assure you that we are not giving up. We will defend and protect each other and resist the anti-immigrant, racist and xenophobic agenda that is directly targeting working families and communities.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr said, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” While a permanent legislative solution to provide a pathway to citizenship to all DACA and TPS recipients was not secured this round, we want to remind you that we are building power in our worksites and our communities every day.
Pressuring Congress to take action is only one lever we have to advance a pro-immigrant and pro-worker agenda. In the coming months, we will redouble our efforts using all available options, including, but not limited to, organizing, legal services, litigation, electoral work, collective bargaining and direct action to the create bottom up pressure necessary to win the changes that working people expect and deserve. The rest of this year will give us the opportunity to flex our collective power, on the streets, at job sites, in courthouses and state houses, in the halls of Congress and at the ballot box.
We know that we are stronger together and we refuse to be divided. We will continue to educate and train our co-workers, families, and neighbors, and we will create rapid response networks to prepare for community or workplace raids. The best protection we have is each other and we will demonstrate our solidarity through our actions.
Onward! ¡La Lucha Sigue! Kenbe fem, pa lage!
Adhikar, AFL CIO, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees CARECEN-Los Angeles, International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft workers, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Ironworkers, Service Employees International Union, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, UndocuBlack Network, UNITE HERE, African Communities Together, and Working Families United.
Working Families United is a coalition of labor unions, including the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, UNITE HERE, the Ironworkers, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Teamsters, and Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) seeking immigrant worker justice. Together, we represent 4 million U.S. workers.