After 15 years of countless rallies, petitions, speeches, protests, get-out-the-vote efforts, arrests, letter-writing campaigns, lobbying efforts and marches, the hard work has paid off: immigrant families and SEIU members are celebrating today after President Obama announced administrative action granting relief to millions of undocumented immigrants facing deportation.
The president's action is a major victory--and one that would not have occurred if not for the tireless efforts of the millions of people who pushed so hard for it, including SEIU members, so many of whom are themselves immigrants.
These celebrations are not just to rejoice in last night's announcement. They are also the first steps toward galvanizing to fight for a permanent immigration solution, which only Congress can provide. If elected leaders choose politics over people by refusing to address our broken immigration system, immigrant families and all working families will hold them accountable in the streets and at the ballot box in 2016.
Gatherings have taken place, are under way right now or will happen this weekend in Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
Check out some images from yesterday's watch parties and today's celebrations across the country.
¡Sí se pudo!