SEIU members from locals around the country gathered Tuesday in Washington, D.C. to demand a permanent solution for Temporary Protected Status holders from all TPS-designated countries, as well as for Dreamers under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Ending TPS would create another family separation crisis, permanently tearing over 270,000 U.S. citizen children away from their parents by sending mothers and fathers back to countries where they would face uncertain fates. The SEIU members and their partners asked Members of Congress to provide a path for TPS holders to become citizens.
SEIU members from Locals 2015, United Service Workers West, 721, 32BJ, 1199, 1, SEIU Texas and Workers United joined thousands of union members, TPS holders and immigration activists as they rallied in front of the White House and Capitol Building, and visited their members of Congress in their offices.
“I came here in 1985 with dreams and I am now a United States citizen. I’m here to ask my senator, Marco Rubio, to help us pass legislation to provide a permanent solution for TPS recipients. If they’re forced to leave, there’s gonna be a big hole in this country,” said Workers United members and Tampa Bay airport worker Javier Aldana.