As the union of hospitality workers, immigrants are the backbone of our membership.
Past and present, immigrant workers have been at the center of our Union’s efforts to end poverty and change lives—from over 100 years ago, when our immigrant founders led the historic Bread and Roses strike, to today, when our immigrant members lead campaigns taking on some of the world’s most powerful billionaires and corporations.
UNITE HERE aims to work alongside President Biden and Vice President Harris to pass immigration reform to ensure that families stay together and live with dignity.
“UNITE HERE members hail from nearly 200 countries in all corners of the planet. Immigrants work hard, pay taxes, own homes, raise U.S. citizen children, and are essential to the cultural and economic prosperity of our communities.
“They deserve a pathway to citizenship and strengthened labor protections. Workers have advocated for decades both in their workplaces and their communities to secure these protections. UNITE HERE will not stop until all workers—DREAMERS, TPS holders, and all noncitizens—have an opportunity to achieve the rights of U.S. citizenship and the freedom to join unions.”
—Enrique L. Fernández, UNITE HERE Vice President for Immigration, Diversity and Civil Rights
“I’m a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holder and thankful that I have a good union job in Las Vegas, which is how I have been able to create a happy life with my family. I have TPS and so I am unable to vote, that’s why when I canvass, I make it my mission to invite each and every voter to exercise their right to vote since I don’t have that privilege yet. Make your voice heard by voting!”
—ADALILA CAMAL VARGAS, TPS holder, casino cashier and UNITE HERE Culinary Union member since 2001
“I have lived in this country for the last 20 years and have two children born in the US. All the while, I have had Temporary Protected Status. But that hasn’t stopped me; I went to canvass in Arizona in 2020 and again in 2022 to fight for my family and for all working immigrant women struggling to make ends meet.”
—DINA PAREDES, UNITE HERE Local 11 union member works at the Alsace Hotel in Los Angeles
“I knocked on doors in for the midterms and the runoff elections because as a Black woman, immigrant, African coming to this country, I have to fight for what is right. I didn’t have a voice where I came from. So having a voice here, being able to talk to people, change their mind about voting, is powerful to me. This country is giving me a voice and the Union is giving me a voice. I’m turning my one voice into thousands by turning people out to vote each election.”
—AICHA TAHIROU, housekeeper, Radisson Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia and UNITE HERE Local 274 union leader
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