MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In the wake of the ongoing legal battle that has suspended President
Obama’s executive actions on immigration, workers and labor leaders have
gathered in Miami over the weekend to build immigrant worker power by
mobilizing workers to apply and fight for deferred action. At an event
today, workers and labor leaders sent a strong message to local
officials and the 2016 presidential election candidates: it is not
enough to grant hard working aspiring Americans temporary relief. It’s
time to finally fix our broken immigration system.
“We know the lawsuit is a political stunt—an effort to scare away
immigrant workers from applying for DAPA. But our movement is as strong
and organized as I can ever remember it. Together, we will fight for
DAPA. We will fight for DACA. And we will fight for comprehensive
immigration reform,” said Esther López, Executive Vice President of the
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). López was
joined by Héctor E. Sánchez, Executive Director of the Labor Council for
Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), and María Asunción Bilbao of United
Families in calling elected officials to take immediate action to
protect immigrant workers from precarious working conditions and to
improve living standards for all workers.
“The court’s unnecessary delay in keeping families whole is not holding
our movement from preparing our community for deferred action. We hold
strong optimism that the court will ultimately rule to move forward with
the implementation of DAPA. We are in Miami today to ensure those who
will benefit from deferred action are ready to apply on the first day
DAPA is implemented,” said Sanchez.
“Unfortunately, our Attorney General, Pam Bondi, supported a lawsuit
stopping DAPA,” said Bilbao. “I want to ask all elected officials and
presidential candidates to support immigrant families. Support programs
like DAPA and DACA so that families like mine can get the protection
The UFCW has partnered with LCLAA to bring its groundbreaking
immigration program to Miami as part of LCLAA’s Regional Conference,
which is aimed at advancing Latino and labor issues. From coast to
coast, UFCW local unions have hosted workshops to help members determine
whether they qualify for deferred action, gather necessary
documentation, prescreen their applications, and answer important legal
questions. The immigration training and workshop clinic will take place
on Sunday, June 14th at Miami Dade Community College –Wolfson
Join the United
Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) online at www.ufcw.org.
We are 1.3 million families standing together to build an economy
that every hard-working family deserves.
The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the
leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families.
LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize
Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize
Latinos in an effort to impact workers’ rights and their influence in
the political process. LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2
million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of
Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation,
Independent Unions and all its membership. Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org,
on Facebook and Twitter.
Omar Martínez, 202-230-8143