SEIU believes in a society that values the contributions of aspiring citizens and recognizes the integral role that new Americans play in our past, present and future. We stand in solidarity with Dreamers and others whose status remains in limbo absent common-sense Immigration Reform that allows for a clear path to citizenship for hard-working, tax-paying immigrants.
SEIU calls on Congress to tackle practical comprehensive immigration reform that comports with our national values, built on fairness, compassion and common-sense. We say no to costly, divisive walls and enforcement that tears families apart, and yes to a system that builds the strength and unity of working people and guarantees the same rights, obligations, and basic fairness for all workers, no matter where they come from. Common-sense immigration reform must include:
A realistic and expeditious mechanism whereby aspiring citizens in America can get right with the law and earn a clear and direct path to citizenship. With 11 million aspiring Americans willing to fully contribute to our nation and economy, it is in our country’s best interest to secure a roadmap to citizenship without unreasonable barriers.
A new immigration system must allow for future workers to come to the U.S. in a safe, legal and orderly manner. Any new worker visa programs must provide for strict compliance with U.S. labor standards; portability of visas; and the ability for workers to petition for permanent status. Our economy and our country as a whole are stronger when all American and future workers are protected from discrimination and exploitation.
A 21st century immigration system must address the backlog of the current visa system while safeguarding fair and reasonable measures to strengthen respect for our laws as we secure family unity and seek to invite new immigrants from diverse sectors of the world. It is our moral imperative to construct a workable and humane immigration system that will cultivate contributions from future immigrants and support family unity.
The most realistic way to secure our borders is to restore respect for law is to provide an opportunity for aspiring citizens to legalize their status and to have safe and orderly channels for future immigrants to enter our nation legally. Internal and border law enforcement should be smart and balanced, focusing on preventing criminals, drug cartels and other bad actors from entering the U.S. or engaging in criminal activities. We need a humane system of immigration not expensive and divisive walls and enforcement tactics that threaten hard-working families and communities.
NEWARK – The SEIU New Jersey State Council – an umbrella group of unions representing 23,000 service workers statewide, including many who live and work in the City of Newark – is proud to announce its support for Newark Mayor Ras Baraka in his re-election bid.
“Mayor Baraka has been an effective and inspirational leader for all members of SEIU, and deserves a second term. We count on his steady leadership and his sense of fairness,” said Wilfredo Larancuent, president of the state council. “SEIU members who live and work in the city deserve a Mayor working for positive social change and economic equality. We in SEIU look forward to working with his administration toward shared goals.”
“Mayor Baraka is a transformative leader, building a vision of a city that empowers Newarkers to be engaged citizens and agents of change in their communities,” said Milly Silva, Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU, the nation’s largest healthcare union which represents nursing home, homecare, and pharmacy workers across the city. “From defending the principle of quality healthcare for all, to investing in public education, to facilitating dialogue between communities and law enforcement, Mayor Baraka is moving Newark forward.”
Baraka is seeking a second four-year term in the election on May 8.
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