Statement of Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU California and SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW).
The President has fulfilled his promise to do everything in his power to help immigrant families who are suffering in the shadows of a broken system. This promise will bring hope to millions and will have a profoundly positive impact on our entire society, because millions of our neighbors, family members, co-workers, and faith community members will finally experience freedom from the almost unimaginable fear of deportation and separation from their families and homes.
This is a significant step forward, and SEIU members and our communities are grateful; yet, there is much more to do. Congress must pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship; if it does not, our communities will remember in 2016.
Finally, we must protect those who seek to change their status from fraud and abuse. That’s why our community is coming together to provide information and assistance through iAmerica, an online resource that will provide accurate information on what today’s order means, the process to apply for relief, and referrals to trusted legal sources.
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SEIU local unions in California are made up of over 700,000 health care workers, janitors, social workers, nurses, security officers, in-home caregivers, school and university employees, court workers, and city, county and state employees.