CLC Statement on DACA

IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS ARE WORKERS’ RIGHTS: DEFEND DACA

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Statement by the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee
9/5/2017

Today we heard from our country’s President on the future of DACA- the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program-- and, today, we are renewing our resolve that attacks on immigrants’ rights are attacks on workers’ rights.

Almost one million young workers will have their lives turned upside down by this decision. With the President’s decision to end DACA, almost one million young workers will have their right to work legally in this country taken away.

Almost one million young workers.

Here in Middle Tennessee, we work and live alongside several of DACA recipients-- the so-called Dreamers. They are our teachers. They are our nurses. They are our bank tellers. They are our servers. They are our web designers. They are our professors. They are our retail clerks. They are our entrepreneurs. They are our our friends. And they are our union members. DACA allows them to contribute fully to our economy, our community, and our unions.

But the devastating effects do not stop with the almost one million young people who will have their lives and families ripped apart by this decision. The effects of ending this program on our economy and our communities are almost unimaginable.

Roughly 300 major businesses, including Apple, Facebook, and Google, lobbied Trump to protect DACA. “Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy. With them, we grow and create jobs,” wrote the corporate executives in a joint letter. “They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage.”

“As a labor movement, we strive to protect every worker and make every job a good job. How can we do this, when almost one million workers will be pushed back into the shadows?” says Vonda McDaniel, President of the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. “If the right to legally work is stripped away from Dreamers, we will see wages and working conditions fall for all of us.”

We’re standing with Dreamers, and we encourage you to do the same.

 

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