Statement of John W. Wilhelm
President/Hospitality, UNITE HERE International Union
UNITE HERE International Union applauds legislation (the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act of 2005) introduced by Senators Kennedy and McCain for comprehensive immigration reform. The time is long overdue for a realistic fix of our broken immigration system. While we are a long way from passage and important details will continue to be debated, this bill is a rational solution for the millions of undocumented workers in the United States who have no rights on the job and are vulnerable to exploitation from abusive employers. And because the legislation includes the right to join a union and the right to change jobs, it is good for all American workers. All workers benefit when the playing field is level. UNITE HERE joins with our business, community, faith-based, and union allies in the struggle to get this balanced legislation approved. We urge President Bush and Congress to pass the bill.