María Ponce,, 202-394-2139

Issued January 26, 2018

SEIU’s Sáenz: President’s immigration framework must be rejected and Congress must act to stand up for immigrant families

WASHINGTON—SEIU International Executive Vice President and iAmerica Action President Rocio Sáenz issued the following statement in response to the White House’s latest immigration framework:

“The White House’s immigration framework is callous and racist. It uses Dreamers as bait to demand funding for an unnecessary and wasteful wall at the expense of working people. After everything that Trump has done and said about Muslims, immigrants and people of color, Trump and his administration have finally found a way to make their anti-immigrant and nativist wish list come to fruition.

“Members of Congress now face a moment of truth: stand with Trump's racist policies and viewpoints or stand with hardworking immigrant families who contribute so much to our nation. Time is running out for Dreamers and for our immigrant sisters and brothers with Temporary Protected Status. History is watching and we demand that Congress do the right thing: get to work and pass a bipartisan DREAM Act and keep families together.