Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from Yvonne R. Walker, President of SEIU Local 1000, on the minibus move that would provide $1.6 billion to the Department of Homeland Security for an unnecessary border wall, and urges Congress to instead spend their time passing the Dream Act of 2017 to give undocumented youth a fair path to citizenship:
“The House Rules Committee’s underhanded move to fund a border wall without any debate by Congress, much less opportunity for public input, only further divides our nation and erodes the public’s trust that its elected representatives can humanely make decisions that affect all of our lives.
“A majority of Americans strongly oppose the construction of a wall, understanding this is no way to treat our neighbors, coworkers and family members and that a $1.6 billion wall is an embarrassing waste of taxpayers’ money.
“Instead of reckless spending and foolish games on a wall, Congress should be working toward efforts that protect and respect the contributions of immigrants who help our local economies and country thrive economically. That includes bi-partisan work to bring the Dream Act of 2017 forward to start to heal a broken immigration system, and to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to individuals who have been legally working in the U.S. for years. It is time we look inward and include all who contribute to this great nation, such as our undocumented youth who are attending our schools and colleges and becoming leaders in our communities, and the 190,000 El Salvadorians previously protected by TPS who care for our homes, help raise our children and prepare our food.
“Our national leaders have an opportunity to reach across the aisle, pass the Dream Act, extend TPS and show they can make good decisions for the good of our future.”