UFCW Joins Members of Congress and Immigrants’ Rights Groups to Demand Justice for Immigrant Workers

NEW ORLEANS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In the midst of an ongoing legal battle that has suspended President
Obama’s executive actions on immigration, members of Congress, labor
leaders, and immigrant families gathered in New Orleans to demand
implementation of the president’s immigration orders. At an event today
outside the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, UFCW Executive Vice
President Esther López released the following statement.

“President Obama’s executive actions on immigration are about taking a
step forward, however modest, in the fight to fix our broken immigration
system. It is about millions of workers applying for legal rights and
earning long overdue peace of mind. Unfortunately, DAPA remains in
limbo. And for that we say to the politicians who have held it up—shame
on you. Shame on you for letting ideology and indifference get in the
way of good public policy.

“The president’s executive actions are not a substitute for
comprehensive reform, but they are legal, necessary, and overdue. The
lawsuits against these actions are obvious political stunts – a cruel
effort to scare immigrant workers away from applying for DAPA.

“The American people want and deserve for more to be done, yet
Congressional leaders have refused to hear their calls for change. The
UFCW, the labor movement, and our allies are not backing down and will
continue working to achieve real reform. Together we will fight for
DACA, we will fight for DAPA, and we will fight for comprehensive
immigration reform. Most of all, we will fight for the better America
each and every one of us deserves.”

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