UNITE HERE’s Maria Elena Durazo on New Muslim Ban: Revised Orders Are Reckless and Anti-American
March 7, 2017
“We are the Union of hospitality workers, including thousands of workers at airports across the U.S., who everyday welcome travelers and refugees from all over the globe.
“The Trump Administration is fooling nobody; today’s order is another Muslim and refugee ban, despite a few surface tweaks. This administration has been adamant about targeting a group of individuals based on their faith, including some of the world’s most vulnerable refugees. These orders are reckless, dangerous and fuel anti-American sentiment to make us less safe.
“But since inauguration day, we’ve seen what we can do when we resist this kind of ugliness together. Our members – immigrant, refugee, and native-born – will continue to build power and defend our sisters and brothers against attacks in their workplaces, homes or communities.
“We are inspired to be part of the growing coalition of ordinary people working to realize the American dream: equality and opportunity for all.”
—Maria Elena Durazo, UNITE HERE General Vice-President
“These executive orders are troubling, and hurt those of us with families overseas in the countries targeted by this ban. I have my mother in Yemen who we’ve been trying to get here. And even though I’m a U.S. citizen, I’m too scared to risk visiting her because who knows what Trump might try to change before I would be able to return home.
“But Trump thinks the changes to this travel ban mean people won’t respond with protests like we did the last time. But he’s wrong. We’re not going to back down. We’re just going to grow stronger. Because if these attacks can happen to our Muslim communities, they can happen to anyone. So, we have to stick together and fight.”
—Ali Shohatee, MGM Detroit Shop Steward/UNITE HERE Local 24 Executive Board Member