For immediate release
January 20, 2016
Ramiro S. Fúnez
Amid Deportations and New Attacks on Immigrants, UNITE HERE Urges Supreme Court to Expedite Review of Immigration Reform Case
LOS ANGELES, CA—The Supreme Court of the United States announced on Tuesday that it will begin reviewing the Texas v. United States case this term. UNITE HERE, a union of 270,000 hospitality workers across the U.S. and Canada, is urging the judicial body to expedite its evaluation, citing increased attacks on immigrants as immediate threats.
“Justice for our immigrant brothers and sisters cannot wait any longer,” says Maria Elena Durazo, UNITE HERE General Vice President for Immigration, Civil Rights, and Diversity. “ICE is launching new deportation raids, conservative politicians are revving up anti-immigrant hysteria and yet our economy continues to rely heavily on the immigrant workforce—this is what the justices have to keep in mind throughout the deliberation process.”
The Supreme Court must resolve Texas v. United States before the commencement of its June summer recess, or else the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ November 2015 injunction against Obama’s proposed immigration reform will remain in place throughout the rest of his tenure. The preliminary injunction against the executive action, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), was issued by Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Brownsville.
“This case should be addressed right away so immigrant workers can get better jobs, go to their workplaces without fear and live better lives,” says Christian Torres, a DACA recipient and UNITE HERE organizer who campaigns for local culinary workers. “We’re not tools that you can just use when its convenient and later put away in a garage—we are humans beings fighting for dignity.”
For more information about UNITE HERE’s immigration program, visit WeWantYouToStay.Org.