SEIU members across the country know that immigrant workers deserve a chance to move out of the shadows and the opportunity to become citizens, and that we must stop tearing immigrant parents from their children and destroying families.
Two programs that have provided legal status for some immigrants—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS)—have been under near constant attack by the Trump administration, putting immigrant families at risk of being torn apart.
That’s why SEIU members from California, Texas, New York and Maryland traveled to Capitol Hill to visit with their lawmakers to make sure DACA and TPS are preserved, and also urged them to oppose the expected push to fund the border wall in the coming weeks.
“I came from Los Angeles to talk to Senators and Members of Congress about the Dream Act and TPS,” said current DACA recipient and United Healthcare Workers West member María José Quijano, whose DREAMER status allows her to work to support both her two children and her mother who is currently undergoing dialysis treatment. “I’m the only provider for them, and that’s why it’s important that our elected leaders hear my voice and understand how these issues affect my family.”