In an incredible showing, over two million documented and undocumented immigrants and supporters turned out in energetic rallies across the United States this week to demand overall immigration reform for the 11- 12 million undocumented workers living in the United States, including a path to citizenship, protection of workers’ rights and the ability to bring families together.
UNITE HERE affiliates and members turned out with other Change to Win unions from New York to Los Angeles, and helped organize the massive rallies in downtowns across the country. "I’ve been here like 15 years and I’m still a resident, not a citizen, because it takes longer and it’s more expensive," Priscilla Molina, a hotel housekeeper from El Salvador and a UNITE HERE member, told the New York Times. "We work hard, we pay taxes every year. We want all the immigrants to get to be citizens."
May Chen, manager of the New York Metropolitan Joint Board and UNITE HERE vice-president, told the crowd in New York City that "a temporary guest-worker program that simply provides a cheap labor source for employers" was unacceptable. "The road ahead is complex and dangerous," she said. "Any major change in our immigration will surely impact all of us for the next generation."