For immediate release
June 30, 2018
Chicago, IL – UNITE HERE union workers will be mobilizing to join “Families Belong Together” immigration actions on Saturday all across America, including in Honolulu, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Newark, and Philadelphia. UNITE HERE workers will be joining with allies and other unions in these cities and more to call for immediate reunification of the families broken apart at the border, due process in place of mass family detention, and an end to Trump’s “zero humanity” border policies.
The Families Belong Together protests are a national day of action opposing the separation and detention of immigrant families, and will include protests in all 50 states. UNITE HERE workers will be turning out in every region of the country to participate, and mobilizing in some of the largest cities in the country in opposition the Trump policy of family separation and in support of the immigrant families already torn apart by it.
“UNITE HERE is a union of immigrant workers, and we will always be on the front lines fighting for justice for immigrants and all workers, regardless of their race, religion, or documentation status,” said Maria Elena Durazo, international vice president for UNITE HERE. “UNITE HERE members strongly believe that children and families belong in communities and not cages. There are good alternatives to family detention, but the Trump administration seems hell bent on terrorizing immigrants—at our borders and in our communities. This must stop. We will continue to fight for responsible immigration reform so that all workers are treated with dignity and respect.”
UNITE HERE represents 270,000 members working in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries in the U.S. and Canada, including many immigrant workers. Learn more at unitehereimmigration.org.