The Committee on Comprehensive Immigration Reform of Local 521 launched with enthusiasm on May 7, 2015. The mission of the committee is to help undocumented workers to come out of the shadows, to stop the theft of their wages, the abuse of their labor, and other degradation that they experience as a result of their lack of a legal immigration status.
Members across the regions gathered in San Jose, Fresno, Bakersfield, Salinas and Tulare for the committee’s inaugural meeting. They shared stories, from their own immigration experiences, to working within the immigrant community.
“I work with children whose parents are ripped from them and deported. It’s wrong. If parents can be with their kids, it makes a huge difference in that child’s life.”
– Leticia Hernandez, Child Support Officer for Kern County.
Keeping Families Together, Forums on DACA and DAPA
Partnering with dozens of community groups, SEIU 521 hosted a series of free resource forums on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and pending Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs in May and June. The programs could offer temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants so families can stay together in the United States.
For information on DACA and DAPA visit: iamerica.org