Union members and community allies stand strong with “Sanctuary” Santa Clara County


Workers who are represented by SEIU in Santa Clara County as well as AFSCME Council 57, UFCW, UNITE HERE, South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, and Working Partnerships USA held a news conference to announce the filing of a amicus (friend of the court) brief in support of the lawsuit filed by the County of Santa Clara.

The amicus brief tells the stories of front-line workers and the harm that Trump’s Executive Order is doing to the services they provide and the local residents who count on them.

“As healthcare professionals, our work promotes the well-being of the community. President Trump’s Executive Order, on the other hand, has the drastic opposite effect. It threatens to defund vital county services even though these services have nothing to do with immigration enforcement,” said SEIU Local 521 member Marilyn Mara, a Public Health Nurse who provides safety-net health services for the county. ‘We go into people’s homes to do nursing assessments. If the environment in Santa Clara County becomes more anti-immigrant, it will become more difficult for me to do my work. Trust is a huge part of my work.”

In January, Trump signed an Executive Order to withhold federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions. In February, Santa Clara County filed a federal lawsuit to block Trump’s Executive Order, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution.

Our public service workers are standing together to protect the essential services all Santa Clara county residents count on – including health care, home care, public health, transportation, social services, and emergency response. At the news conference, we detailed the impact Trump’s order has had on our work and the people of Santa Clara County whom we serve. Communities are at risk of losing federal funding for health and social services. Jobs may also be cut as a result.

“Trump’s Executive Order retaliates against residents of Santa Clara and other jurisdictions nationwide in violation of the U.S. Constitution,” said Riko Mendez, Chief Elected Officer, SEIU 521. “The workers’ amicus brief is a strong statement to the court and to the public that these public workers refuse to allow crucial services to be held hostage to Trump’s hateful politics.”

Watch him speak here.

For more details, read the press release.


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