For immediate release
September 17, 2020
Statement from Enrique Fernandez, UNITE HERE Vice President for Immigration, Diversity and Civil Rights
We are extremely disappointed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ lawsuit siding with the Trump administration in their anti-immigrant decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, and El Salvador. As a consequence, this will strip hundreds of thousands of people, including more than 130,000 essential workers and 273,000+ U.S. Citizen children, of their legal status and put them at risk of deportation and family separation.
This decision underscores our commitment to Take Back Our Country from the Trump administration. We must not let the cruel and senseless decision to terminate TPS separate people from our families. Thousands of UNITE HERE members in states like Arizona, California, Florida, and Nevada are TPS holders who are fundamental to the growth and advancement of this country. Only a new administration will give TPS holders a path to permanent legal status and the dignity they deserve, and it’s for this reason and many others that we are doing our part to vote Trump out of office.