“Today American immigrants saw once again that both major political parties continue to fail them and their families. The Trump administration precipitated the current crisis for both TPS and DACA by ending protections without a plan to pass legislation with his own party, which controls both houses of Congress. Rather than holding the line and forcing a resolution to this humanitarian crisis for hundreds of thousands of American families, Democratic Senate leadership chose today to once again sell out the Dreamers and TPS workers.
“Both Democratic and Republican Senators vowed today to protect Dreamers, yet in missing this opportunity, they clearly failed to do so. UNITE HERE will continue leading the fight to save TPS and lifting up the voices of 270,000 workers – including tens of thousands of TPS residents and other immigrants – to hold politicians accountable to that pledge and the values of our nation. UNITE HERE and the larger American labor movement will not forget the Democrats’ failure today to stand with immigrant workers. Congress must immediately move forward with legislation to protect more than a million immigrants living here legally under DACA and TPS, building their American dream and contributing to our communities, workplaces and nation.”
UNITE HERE has been a leading force in the American labor movement on immigration, particularly regarding TPS. The union represents tens of thousands of immigrant workers, including thousands of TPS workers who are the backbone of the hospitality industry. In addition to organizing in key battleground swing states across the country around TPS extension throughout 2017 and 2018, UNITE HERE partnered with IUPAT, UFCW, the Bricklayers, and the Ironworkers to form the AFL-CIO backed Working Families United labor campaign for TPS, powered by a nearly $1 Million budget.