L.A. Unions Held Día de Los Reyes Celebration at the Border for Families of Deported Veterans

01/08/2020

Los Angeles labor delegation in front of the Deported Veterans Support House.

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor gave toys and other donations to deported veterans and their families in Tijuana, Mexico on a religious holiday known as Three Kings Day.

On Sunday, January 5, 2020, a delegation of union members led by the LA Fed traveled to Tijuana, Mexico bringing toys, food, donations, and support to deported veterans and their families bringing attention to our forgotten military veterans who have been deported after years of service.

Thank you to all of the union members who made the journey and a special thanks goes out to our leaders of AFSCME 3299 for collecting donations across the state during the holiday season. 

“The Los Angeles labor community is committed to supporting those in need, regardless of documentation or status,” said Ron Herrera, President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. “These patriotic men and women who have risked their lives to protect America and its freedoms deserve dignity, respect, and a home in the country they’ve served. We stand with the veterans and their families.”

The delegation held a Día de Los Reyes celebration at the Deported Veterans Support House, a shelter and resource center for deported veterans who need assistance.

 “When you’re deported, your whole life falls apart,” said Hector Barajas, Founder and Director of Deported Veterans Support House, and former deported veteran. “Support like this from the community can mean the world to someone who has been uprooted from a country they considered home and forced to start a new life in one that is foreign to them.”

The Department of Defense estimates that about 25,000 immigrants are serving in the U.S military with the promise of a path towards naturalization. According to the Migration Policy Institute, about 530,000 veterans were born outside of the United States.

If you would like to learn more about the Deported Veterans Support House or would like to make a donation, please visit their website at https://www.deportedveteranssupporthouse.net/