In response to the passage of the Dream and Promise Act (HR6) in the House of Representatives, Working Families United issued the following statement:
“The Dream and Promise Act keeps our members safe, keeps our industries working, and keeps our nation’s values intact. The bill has wide support from labor and business, the immigrant rights movement and the American public as a whole. There’s every reason for it to have broad support in Congress as well.
Union workers are fighting hard to prevent the crisis that would occur if the government were to cut the status of our members and coworkers. Now that the House has taken this incredible step forward, the Senate must do its part to avoid both the human devastation and economic disruption that would come from cancelling TPS.
Providing a stable future for TPS, DED holders, and Dreamers is right for the economy, right for the country, and the right thing to do.”
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). Together we represent 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 400,000 immigrant workers and their 275,000 US citizen children. Our members like Wilna Destin of UNITE HERE and Donaldo Posadas of the Painters Union are plaintiffs in separate class action lawsuits for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan as well as Honduras and Nepal. Meanwhile the coalition urges Congress to pass legislation to provide permanent protections and a path to citizenship for Dreamers and TPS holders from all affected nations. See more about the union families whose futures are in limbo at tpschildren.org