May 2015: Immigration Day of Action Events –
May 19 National Day of #ImmigrationAction: “You Can’t Win Without Us.”
For more information about DAPA/DACA, visit iAmerica.org.
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SEIU’s Henry: Clinton is right on immigration
WASHINGTON, D.C.–In response to remarks made on immigration by former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement:
“Hillary Clinton is right: it’s time for, in her words, a ‘full and equal path to citizenship’ that will bring immigrants out of the shadows to become engaged participants in our communities and in our economy. Immigrant justice is a moral imperative that must be a priority for candidates in 2016, and working people will hold accountable any politicians who defend the idea of second-class status for millions of immigrants in this nation of immigrants.”
SEIU’s Sáenz: House finally votes on clean DHS funding bill; people win over politics
WASHINGTON, D.C.- In response to Tuesday’s passage of a clean funding bill for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), SEIU International Executive Vice President Rocio Sáenz issued the following statement:
“When families unite, they win. [Tuesday’s] vote on a clean bill for Department of Homeland Security funding exemplifies the victory that Latino, immigrant and working families across the nation are fighting toward in 2016. People will win over politics. We are not the enemy, and we will remember who stood with our families and who didn’t at the ballot box in 2016.
“Republican leadership learned how unpopular its strategy of playing partisan games at the risk of our national security was. It put families in jeopardy, and we know that we can fight and beat back their gamesmanship, from now through 2016.
“Thousands of immigrants and their supporters spoke up and made their voices heard during the past few weeks, and together we made a difference.
“As we get closer to the 2016 elections, it’s time for the Republican leadership to understand that Latino voters, immigrant families and working people everywhere are watching to see who supports commonsense immigration policies and who is willing to separate our families and cause much pain and hardship.”
SEIU: Immigrant Families Have Justice, History On Their Side
WASHINGTON, DC – Following U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling against President Obama’s immigration action, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Executive Vice President, Rocio Saenz, issued this response:
“Immigrant families remain on a path to justice. This ruling–issued by a lone, out-of-touch judge, singularly sought out by extremist Republican governors and attorney generals–is a temporary disappointment, but in no way a permanent setback.
“This judge and his right-wing backers can’t bend the law to their personal will. They stand on the wrong side of history and justice. The law is on the side of the president, who has broad authority to determine immigration enforcement policy.
“Today, tomorrow and the days to come, families everywhere will continue to prepare themselves to apply for the deferred action initiatives and celebrate the opportunity to work legally and remain with their families.
“We urge those who are eligible for DACA or DAPA to keep doing what you are doing to prepare to enroll. Continue to compile the information and documents you will need.
“Don’t fear. America is with us.
“The majority of the American public supports the immigration action. They support families who call America their home, who are willing to make our economy stronger, who are our friends and neighbors…who are a part of the greater American family.
“Immigrant families are not the enemy. We are confident that justice will prevail as this case moves through the court system and that the relief granted by the president will take effect to the benefit of millions of families.”
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Republican Leaders Push Failed Strategy of Enforcing our Way to an Immigration Solution
Republican leaders in the House continue to fail immigrant families and all Americans who desperately need Congress to pass real immigration reform.
On the heels of last week’s House vote to deport immigrant children who have lived here all their lives and undo the progress we’ve made to fix the immigration system, Republican leaders and Homeland Security Committee Republican members are now moving a bill that would throw a lot more money at government contractors along the border without solving anything.
Republican leaders have spent months trying to block executive action that grows the economy, enhances security and keeps families together, and now they are advancing legislation – H.R. 399, The Secure Our Borders First Act – that wastes more money on the failed strategy of attempting to enforce our way to a solution.
This is not a plan to strengthen border security, but rather a reckless attempt to obstruct any meaningful discussion and debate about real, commonsense immigration reform.
H.R. 399 would pour billions of dollars into wasteful projects that further militarize our border yet do nothing to actually make us safer. A tragic irony of this bill is that our southern border with Mexico is safer than ever. The border region has experienced more than two decades of expanding border infrastructure and manpower. The Border Patrol’s budget alone has increased from $362 million in 1993 to $3.63 billion in 2014, an increase of over 900 percent.
2016 is not far away and the American people are watching–including the growing Latino and Asian-American population–to see what the Republican leadership will do for immigrant families.
If this bill is any indication, they’re off to an extremely poor start.
SEIU’s Sáenz: Families Will Remember the Day Extremists Passed Immoral Plan to Undermine Our Country’s Future
WASHINGTON–In response to today’s votes on amendments and final passage of legislation that would undo three years of actions to protect immigrant families, SEIU International Executive Vice President Rocio Sáenz issued the following statement:
“The immoral, impractical bill pushed by extremists and shepherded by Republican leadership in the House today would decimate millions of immigrant families. Republican leaders have shown that they are willing to let extremists advance their highest priority in this debate: attacking and separating spouses from each other, parents from their children, brothers from their sisters. Immigrant voices have risen up in support of the president’s administrative actions protecting families, and we will fight like hell to ensure that these protections are upheld.
“The fastest-growing segment of the American electorate–immigrant voters and their families–will remember this misguided decision in 2016. We are paying attention. We saw which members of Congress went on record in favor of tearing apart families.”