In reaction to Trump’s speech about his shutdown and immigration this afternoon, Working Families United issued the following:

“The President should end his shutdown and reopen the government so that he is not forcing our government workers to work without pay.  Whether it’s immigration or our government, working people should never be treated as bargaining chips.

The instability in the lives of Dreamers and workers with TPS and the negative impact on the economy are caused by the lawsuit against DACA from governors in his own Party and his racially motivated decision to terminate TPS. If he is now interested in resolving it, he should work with Congress to find a permanent solution for Dreamers and TPS immediately.”

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.