We Will Not Be Divided
Sisters and Brothers,
Today is a cold and dark day for our DACA-mented sisters and brothers. In line with an agenda of white supremacy, President Trump chose to make immigrants the enemy, instead of honoring the fact that they are workers who keep our country running every day.
Here in Los Angeles, there is no room for despicable acts that seek to divide working families. The Los Angeles Labor Movement remains committed to the values that make us strong: inclusivity, diversity, and respect for all. With residents from 140 countries speaking 224 languages, we will honor, not criminalize, the contributions of immigrants. With or without DACA, immigrant workers have rights, and the labor movement will ensure that those rights are respected.
Already, LA labor has expanded immigrant worker protections through innovative collective bargaining agreements, through union leader and member trainings, through resources like a first of its kind low bono network, and new partnerships with business organizations to strengthen employer support of immigrant workers.
For decades, Los Angeles and California have been stronger, more progressive, and more prosperous than the rest of the nation because we stand with immigrant workers. We intend to keep it that way.
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO