This Friday, Nov. 20, marks the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s announcement of executive action on immigration. We had hoped to see relief for millions of immigrants this year, but unfortunately all too many immigrants still live and work in a climate of fear.
In his speech last year President Obama said hardworking immigrants trying to provide for their families should not be the focus of ICE actions. Months later, an ICE investigation and raid of Ruprecht Company, a meat-packing plant in Mundelein, IL, led to arrests of immigrant workers and dozens of people losing their jobs.
Many of you have stood with Ruprecht workers in the past, and again today we are calling on you to help us take action.
It’s time to take action!
Watch and share our union’s recently-released video explaining ICE’s raid of the Ruprecht Company meatpacking plant.
Join us in telling ICE (@ICEgov) to take responsibility for putting hardworking immigrants out of work by firing Chicago ICE Field Director Ricardo Wong. Someone must be held accountable. Click to tweet our call to action or use the hashtag #FireIceNow to let ICE know you want an immediate end to all unjust immigration raids.
Maria Elena Durazo is General Vice President for Immigration, Civil Rights, and Diversity, UNITE HERE
Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP