For immediate release
November 20, 2014
“Today, President Obama has shown great courage in issuing this executive order on immigration. For millions of undocumented immigrants living in the shadows, this means a reprieve from fear of deportation and separation from loved ones. While today’s order does not fix our nation’s broken immigration system, this small level of relief will mean a lot to the families that it will impact.”
“We fully expect Republicans to allow this to go forward, having failed to agree to a comprehensive solution to our nation’s immigration crisis. It’s time to stop playing games with people’s lives.”
“We are delighted that President Obama has chosen Las Vegas as a place to share his immigration plans with the world. Las Vegas is home to UNITE HERE’s Culinary union, the biggest immigrant organization in the State of Nevada. UNITE HERE was the first union in the nation to endorse Obama for President, announcing support amid key Nevada primaries. Our immigrant members resoundingly took to the polls in 2008, turning a red state blue to elect President Obama into office then and once again in 2012. By taking these actions today, the President has shown that their voices—their families—matter.”
Statement from Maria Elena Durazo, UNITE HERE General Vice President for Immigration, Civil Rights and Diversity
“Our members come to this country seeking an opportunity to provide for their families, and our nation benefits from their presence. Immigrant workers are the backbone of the hospitality industry. Yet too many live here as second-class citizens. Everyday they struggle for a decent standard of living.”
“Millions will benefit from today’s actions by the President, but millions more will continue to live in fear. We are committed to fighting on their behalf until we achieve a comprehensive solution. Until that time, we will organize for change that benefits immigrant communities today: higher wages, access to affordable health care, and the rights and protections under the law afforded by a union contract.”
About UNITE HERE
UNITE HERE represents 270,000 women and men across North America who work in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries. Together, we are building a movement to empower immigrants and all workers across North America to achieve greater equality and opportunity. Learn more at www.unitehere.org.
For questions or to interview immigrants who are members of UNITE HERE, please contact Annemarie Strassel at 312-617-0495 or firstname.lastname@example.org.