Immigration

SEIU Local 26 President Javier Morillo Among Those Arrested for Civil Disobedience at the U.S. Capitol, Demanding Immigration Reform with a Path to Citizenship in 2013

Following the Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform, Morillo joins Rep. Ellison, other members of Congress and hundreds in civil disobedience action at Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the rally at the National Mall where tens of thousands gathered, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) leaders were among nearly 200 local and national leaders, immigrants, civil rights and faith leaders arrested for engaging in acts of civil disobedience at the U.S. Capitol today to demand that House Republican leaders pass commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship in 2013.

Arrested were Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU Vice President and SEIU Maryland-DC State Council President; Terry Cavanagh, SEIU Maryland-DC State Council Executive Director; Javier Morillo, SEIU Local 26 President; Sylvia Ruiz, SEIU Immigrant Justice Campaign Director; Natalia Salgado, SEIU New York State Council Deputy Director and Estela Vasquez, SEIU 1199 Executive Vice President.

“Two hundred men and women have made a serious decision to cross the line to make it undeniably clear to Speaker Boehner and his colleagues in leadership that we are not tired, we are not shutting up and by no means will we stop demanding a commonsense solution to our dysfunctional immigration system,” Morillo said. “Today’s events should serve as a rude awakening to Mr. Boehner—he can either do what’s right for America or deal with the weight of the public’s unflinching pressure.”

Also among the arrestees were U.S. Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), John Lewis (D-GA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Al Green (D-TX).

“Today I saw and heard the hope, the frustrations, the determination of the American people – as we have been seeing and hearing for years – who want the immigrant community to walk the road to citizenship and participate fully in our democracy,” said Contreras, an immigrant who fled a bloody civil war in El Salvador at age 13. “The American Dream has been a reality for me, and I stand unequivocally in solidarity with them.”

Vasquez added, “I am an immigrant. I am one of many who represent a community that contributes to our nation’s economy, society and democracy. Yet our immigration system stands in our way. If my act of civil disobedience says anything about what we’re doing today, it’s that the time for immigration reform is now.”

“Speaker Boehner can’t deny it; the bipartisan support for immigration reform with a path to citizenship is right in front of him,” affirmed Sylvia Ruiz, Director of SEIU’s immigration campaign. “The choice is easy: stand with the American public by calling a vote for the immigration bill that’s already waiting on the table. Otherwise, we will continue calling, marching voting and boldly acting until we win reform.”

Following mass mobilizations in over 160 cities, today’s event is one of many planned in October to urge a congressional vote and passage of immigration reform with a path to citizenship before the end of this year. The movement’s growing strength and support throughout the country stands in sharp contrast to the federal government shutdown.

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Thousands of Minnesotans March to Call Congress to Pass Immigration Reform

Leaders from across the political spectrum rally as part of national day of Dignity and Respect

Minneapolis, Minn. – Leaders from Minnesota’s business, faith, labor, education, law enforcement, and immigrant communities staged a massive march on Saturday to urge the House of Representatives to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year. Non-traditional allies ranging from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to the AFL-CIO gathered at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis for an interfaith prayer service and marched to the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza. The march was one of over 100 events scheduled nationwide to pressure members of Congress to pass reform that strengthens our economy, preserves the unity of families, and protects the rights of workers.

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The event was emceed by SEIU Local 26 President Javier Morillo, who urged the House to take action on immigration this year. SEIU was one of dozens of Minnesota organizations who participated in organizing the event.

Lutheran Rev. Paul Erikson, who serves Rep. John Kline’s second district, spoke on the urgent need for House members to pass reform in 2013: “We have a rare and unique opportunity to move beyond a shadow economy built on fear into a free and just society that releases the creative potential of all who live and work and study here.” Recent polling reported that 77 percent of voters in Rep. Kline’s district want to see action on immigration reform this year— including 66 percent of second district Republicans who support the Senate’s immigration legislation.

The Senate passed a historic immigration reform bill in June with bipartisan support; but now, the bill has stalled in the House of Representatives, despite overwhelming support from Americans to pass immigration reform this year.

“Civil war drove my family from our home in Liberia when I was 4 years old. Coming to this country at such a young age I’ve considered Minnesota to be my home,” said DREAMer Abena Abraham, “Today I remain on a legal, but temporary, status with no chance to ever become a permanent resident or citizen of the country I call home. How could I be sent back to a country I didn’t know anything about and, most importantly, how could I live away from my sister, who is a U.S. citizen?”

“Today Minnesotans from all walks of life put aside their differences to fix our broken immigration system,” said Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota Executive Director John Keller, “Now it is time for congress to do the same and update a system that separates families and fails to meet the needs of our modern economy.”

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SEIU is the workers who provide care and support for your family in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and the Twin Cities’ largest public and private buildings. The SEIU Minnesota State Council coordinates the electoral, legislative and outreach work of the SEIU Locals in Minnesota to increase the effectiveness of their collective bargaining and new member organizing campaigns. By building the political involvement of approximately 30,000 SEIU members throughout the state, the State Council is working to improve the lives of all Minnesotans. The State Council’s board is comprised of elected leaders, members, and staff of the four SEIU Local Unions in Minnesota.

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SEIU Members Join Door Knock for Immigration Reform

SEIU members from Local 26 and Healthcare Minnesota were among the group that knocked doors Saturday morning to talk with voters about immigration reform. The volunteers had more than 50 conversations in Eden Prairie, which is represented by Rep. Erik Paulsen.

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SEIU is part of a broad coalition advocating for immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. The coalition includes business groups, labor, faith communities and immigrant rights advocates. Right now the bipartisan Senate immigration bill has stalled in the House of Representatives. Advocates of immigration reform are urging Minnesota’s representatives to give America a vote on immigration reform this year. Recent polling shows a majority of voters – including Republicans and Independents – want Congress to pass immigration reform this year.

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New Polling Numbers Show Bipartisan Support for Immigration Reform

77 percent of Rep. John Kline’s constituents believe the immigration system is broken, want change this year

St. Paul, Minn. – New polling numbers released today show growing bipartisan support for the U.S. House of Representative to pass immigration reform this year, including Republican support in Rep. John Kline’s district. The numbers come a day before House Republicans are expected to discuss immigration reform at a summit in Washington D.C.

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The surveys, which were conducted by Public Policy Polling in seven Congressional Districts across the country, found that voters would be less likely to vote for their Congressman next year if he opposes immigration reform.

In Rep. Kline’s district:

  • 44 percent say they would be less likely to support Rep. Kline next year if he votes against immigration reform.
  • 77 percent say it’s important for the US to fix its immigration system this year.
  • Voters support the Senate version of the bill by a 69-24 margin.
  • Republicans favor immigration reform by 37 points; Independents favor it by 39 points.

“These numbers reflect a growing momentum all across the country to finally fix our broken immigration system,” said Javier Morillo, President of SEIU Local 26. “The Senate provided a great starting point for the House – we urge our Republican Representatives to call on GOP leadership to bring this bill to the floor for a vote.”

“The House must provide a pathway to citizenship and bring these 11 million aspiring citizens fully into our society. The Senate bill would bring millions of people out of the shadows and reunite hundreds of thousands of families.”

SEIU has partnered with a broad coalition of more than 30 faith, labor and business groups in Minnesota advocating for commonsense immigration reform. On Tuesday, SEIU members joined the coalition for visits to Rep. Kline, Rep. Paulsen and Rep. Bachmann’s offices in Minnesota, urging them to support immigration reform.

Nationally, SEIU has been a strong advocate for immigration reform, launching TV and radio ads featuring Americans of different backgrounds calling on Congress to pass immigration reform.

“Immigration reform is in the best interest of business and labor, of Republicans and Democrats, of all Americans, current and aspiring,” said Morillo. “Every day businesses are unable to hire qualified foreign-born workers. Immigration reform would allow companies to hire the most qualified workers. It would also stop employers that intimidate and exploit undocumented workers, a widespread practice that drives down wages and working conditions for everyone. The time is now for a vote.”

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SEIU is the workers who provide care and support for your family in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and the Twin Cities’ largest public and private buildings.  The SEIU Minnesota State Council coordinates the electoral, legislative and outreach work of the SEIU Locals in Minnesota to increase the effectiveness of their collective bargaining and new member organizing campaigns.  By building the political involvement of approximately 30,000 SEIU members throughout the state, the State Council is working to improve the lives of all Minnesotans.  The State Council’s board is comprised of elected leaders, members, and staff of the four SEIU Local Unions in Minnesota.

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Senate Passes Immigration Bill with Bipartisan Support

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St. Paul, Minn. – The U.S. Senate took a critical step toward fixing our country’s broken immigration system today with a bipartisan vote of 68-32 to pass commonsense immigration reform legislation. Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Minnesota are thanking Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken for their leadership and votes in favor of the bill.

“Senators Klobuchar and Franken have been incredible advocates for the 11 million aspiring citizens for years,” said Javier Morillo, President of Local 26. “At SEIU, we’ve been proud to partner with a broad range of business, labor, faith and immigrant rights groups here in Minnesota to help our Senators pass a bill that finally provides a path to citizenship and brings millions of people out of the shadows.

“This bill is not exactly what we would have wanted – the massive build-up at the Southern border will have serious ramifications for border communities and American taxpayers – but we look forward to continuing to work hard to change these provisions and make this bill something that benefits all of us,” continued Morillo.

Emilse Neira immigrated to Minnesota from Colombia and is now a U.S. resident. She is a janitor and a member of Local 26. For her, immigration reform is extremely personal.

“My husband was deported when I was five months pregnant,” said Neira. “At a time we should have been celebrating our new family, our family was instead torn apart. I’m happy to see this vote because the dad of my son can finally regulate his status to bring him out of the shadows. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, not only for me, but for millions of families around the country. Thank you Senators Klobuchar and Franken for your leadership.”

SEIU has been a strong advocate for immigration reform, both here in Minnesota and nationally. Last month, SEIU International launched TV ads as part of an immigration ad campaign, featuring Americans of different backgrounds – including Republicans – calling on Congress to pass immigration reform. The ads represent the growing public opinion across party lines who believe that immigration is good for our country, but say the current system isn’t working.

“These Minnesotans – just as all new American immigrants – contribute to our communities, our society and our economy,” said Jigme Ugen, executive vice president of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota. “As an immigrant myself, I came to America because of the opportunities this country promises for all people. Thank you to Senators Klobuchar and Franken for your leadership not only in the Senate today, but in the Senate Judiciary which first heard this bill.”

SEIU members are now calling upon Minnesota’s representatives in the U.S. House to continue working together to pass immigration reform.

“All House members – especially Republicans – must realize that the American people want Congress to finally solve this problem,” said Morillo. “They must provide a pathway to citizenship and bring these 11 million aspiring citizens fully into our society. I love knowing that I live in a nation that is built upon the dreams of immigrants, upon the idea that in this land, all people have rights. The momentum will continue to fix our broken immigration system, once and for all.”

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SEIU is the workers who provide care and support for your family in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and the Twin Cities’ largest public and private buildings.  The SEIU Minnesota State Council coordinates the electoral, legislative and outreach work of the SEIU Locals in Minnesota to increase the effectiveness of their collective bargaining and new member organizing campaigns.  By building the political involvement of approximately 30,000 SEIU members throughout the state, the State Council is working to improve the lives of all Minnesotans.  The State Council’s board is comprised of elected leaders, members, and staff of the four SEIU Local Unions in Minnesota.

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Thousands March to State Capitol to Rally for Immigration Reform

May Day March and Rally to send message to legislators that the Time is Now for reform

St. Paul, MN – Today at 4:40 p.m. more than 2,000 people are expected to rally on the lawn of the Minnesota State Capitol to say the time is now for immigration reform. The May Day March and Rally is held on International Worker’s Day, organized by a diverse coalition of organizations representing the broad unity and momentum behind immigration reform here in Minnesota. (more…)

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SEIU Applauds U.S. Senate Immigration Bill

Labor leaders welcome commonsense immigration reform and pathway to citizenship, detail areas of concern as bill heads to Judiciary Committee

St. Paul, MN – Today members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) of Minnesota celebrated the long-awaited immigration bill introduced at the U.S. Senate early this morning.

“We applaud the bipartisan Senate committee for their tireless work in negotiating and drafting commonsense immigration reform legislation which includes a pathway to citizenship,” said Javier Morillo, President of SEIU Local 26. The majority of Americans believe immigration is good for our country but say the current system is just not working. Our country needs a commonsense process now for new American immigrants to become citizens.”

The bill – which was delayed this week due to the Boston Marathon bombings – was introduced this morning in Washington D.C. Leaders who worked on the bill are expected to hold a press conference tomorrow in D.C. to discuss the bill. Discussion in the Senate Judiciary committee could begin as early as Friday. Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar both sit on that committee.

“This bill is a good starting point, and we look forward to working with Senators Franken and Klobuchar on improving it,” said Jigme Ugen, executive vice president of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota. “We thank Senators Franken and Klobuchar for their support and urge them to be vocal leaders on an issue that impacts all Minnesotans, regardless of immigration status.”

SEIU will work with local business, faith and immigrant communities to address some concerns with the bill, including the length of the citizenship pathway, along with restrictions and a cut-off date that would leave hundreds of thousands out of the process.

“A pathway that lasts 13 years is unreasonable and unjust,” said Carol Nieters, Executive Director of SEIU Local 284. “It should be substantially shortened so all aspiring immigrants have a chance to become a full part of the American dream in a reasonable amount of time. We must expand the number of people eligible for the path to citizenship. The cut-off date and other restrictions including family classifications will tear apart hundreds of thousands of families.”

“Immigration reform must seek to keep families together,” said Morillo. “And that includes LGBT families. The current bill provides no recognition of LGBT families. Our nation was founded upon the very powerful idea that in this land, all people have rights. No matter what you look like, where you come from or who you love – everyone should get a fair shot at life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

SEIU has been a leader in the immigration debate for years and Minnesota’s lavender caucus has been influential in issues surrounding LGBT families, including the effort to pass bills granting the freedom to marry in Minnesota.

“These Minnesotans – just as all new American immigrants – contribute to our communities, our society and our economy,” said Ugen. “As an immigrant myself, I came to America to pursue a better life and the opportunity America promises. We must act now to bring the 11 million aspiring citizens out of the shadows.”

 

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SEIU is the workers who provide care and support for your family in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, child care, and the Twin Cities’ largest public and private buildings.  The SEIU Minnesota State Council coordinates the electoral, legislative and outreach work of the SEIU Locals in Minnesota to increase the effectiveness of their collective bargaining and new member organizing campaigns.  By building the political involvement of approximately 30,000 SEIU members throughout the state, the State Council is working to improve the lives of all Minnesotans.  The State Council’s board is comprised of elected leaders, members, and staff of the four SEIU Local Unions in Minnesota.

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Minnesota Mobilization Campaign Kicks off in Support of Commonsense Immigration Reform

Local Civil, Immigrants and Labor Rights Groups Announce Coalition to Support President’s Immigration plan

Saint Paul, MN – Civil, immigrants, and labor rights leaders representing a broad range of Minnesotans gathered today at the State Capitol to unveil a Minnesota mobilization campaign to support commonsense immigration reform. This comes just a day after President Obama announced his plan for immigration reform.

Javier Morillo, President SEIU Local 26, speaks at Commonsense Immigration Reform Kick Off

“We are a nation of immigrants who all do our part to contribute,” said Mitch Azarcon, who is from the Philippines and a member of SEIU Healthcare MN. “I am a surgical tech. My brother is a nursing assistant. My sister just graduated from college and is in her first job. Our country is better for having hardworking immig
rants as contributing members of our communities. Young people especially, like the DREAMERS, have a lot to contribute and we should give them the chance to fulfill their full potential. The time to do immigration reform is now. I am ready now. Our communities are ready now. So we will start organizing for action now.”

Congressman Keith Ellison, who was unable to attend today’s press conference due to illness, released the following statement in his support of the coalition.

“America was founded on the idea of liberty and justice for all. Just like today’s immigrants, our founders came to America to escape oppression and ensure opportunity for their children. It’s long past due our laws live up to our values. The President yesterday laid out a vision for an America that continues to be a beacon of hope for those aspiring to a better life.”

The local leaders join leaders from across the country in calling on Congress to pass commonsense immigration reform in 2013. These plans include contacting lawmakers and holding rallies in April, leading up to a mass demonstration on April 10 at the U.S. Capitol, where tens of thousands of marchers will gather.

“Now, more than ever, there is momentum for commonsense immigration reform, a complete overhaul of a system that does not work. There is no time for partisan games; the American people want and deserve a real and lasting solution. We will hold lawmakers accountable as we work to make immigration reform a reality this year,” said Javier Morillo, President of SEIU Local 26.

“When I was nine, my younger brother and I embarked on a journey to Minnesota – we did not yet know what it meant to be crossing a border illegally,” said Uriel Rosales, a DREAMER and Executive Director for Navigate. “At that time, riding a bus for hours, and flying on a plane for the first time was an adventure. Borders were irrelevant to our spirit.

“Yesterday, as I watched President Obama give details about Commensense Immigration Reform, I thought that it has been a long time coming,” continued Rosales. “I am happy I had not lost hope, not just to see myself benefit as I graduate from the University of Minnesota being able to follow and work in my future profession as an educator, but to know that now my mother will have a chance to walk alongside me, no longer undocumented, and completely unafraid.”

National polls demonstrate an across-the-aisle support for a real and lasting solution to repair the country’s immigration system. As immigration reform rises to the top of the Obama Administration’s legislative agenda, 2013 is undoubtedly the year for Congress to pass a commonsense immigration reform with a clear roadmap to citizenship.

“My son, Salif, is becoming a man, but he is not here with me,” said Brakim Kone, who is from the Ivory Coast and a member of SEIU Local 26. “I cannot teach him. I cannot pass on my values and experiences as a man. This is why immigration reform is import. Families need to be together. There was a war in the Ivory Coast and children were separated from their parents.  I look around here and there is no war. But I am still separated from my son, separated from my family.”Representatives of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, Asambelas de Derechos Civiles, Centro Campesino, ISAIAH, Latino Communications Network, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, SEIU MN State Council, UFCW Local 1189, UNITE-HERE Local 17, Minnesota AFL-CIO, Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, Jewish Community Action, and the Minnesota Catholic Conference were also in attendance.

 

 

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SEIU is the workers who provide care and support for your family in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, child care, and the Twin Cities’ largest public and private buildings. The SEIU Minnesota State Council coordinates the electoral, legislative and outreach work of the SEIU Locals in Minnesota to increase the effectiveness of their collective bargaining and new member organizing campaigns. By building the political involvement of approximately 30,000 SEIU members throughout the state, the State Council is working to improve the lives of all Minnesotans. The State Council’s board is comprised of elected leaders, members, and staff of the four SEIU Local Unions in Minnesota.

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Local Civil, Immigrants and Labor Rights Groups Announce Minnesota Coalition to Support President’s Immigration Plan

Mobilization Campaign for Commonsense Immigration Reform Begins

Saint Paul, MN – On Wednesday, January 30 at 12:30 p.m., local civil, immigrants and labor rights leaders will come together at the State Capitol to stand in support of President Obama’s legislative proposal for immigration reform as members of the Minnesota coalition.

Congressman Keith Ellison will join SEIU Local 26 President Javier Morillo and other local leaders in unveiling their united campaign to call on Congress to pass commonsense immigration reform in 2013. The groups will announce plans to contact lawmakers and hold rallies in April across the nation, leading up to a mass demonstration on April 10 at the U.S. Capitol, where tens of thousands of marchers will gather.

National polls demonstrate an across-the-aisle support for a real and lasting solution to repair the country’s immigration system. As immigration reform rises to the top of the Obama Administration’s legislative agenda, 2013 is undoubtedly the year for Congress to pass a commonsense immigration reform with a clear roadmap to citizenship.

Who: Local leaders unveil Minnesota coalition for Commonsense Immigration Reform
When: Wednesday, January 3012:30 p.m.
Where: Room 125, Minnesota State Capitol75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd | St. Paul, MN
Who: Congressman Keith Ellison

Javier Morillo – President, SEIU Local 26

John Keller – Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

Uriel Rosales – Executive Director of Navigate

Leaders from Asembleas de Derechos Civiles, Centro Campesino, ISAIAH, Latino Communications Network, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, SEIU Healthcare MN, SEIU MN State Council, UFCS Local 1189

 

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U.S. Supreme Court Decides Immigrant Case

Monday morning the justices ruled on the Arizona vs. United States case.

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The high court upheld parts of Arizona’s strict law targeting illegal immigrants, but said the federal government has the ultimate authority to decide who will be held on immigration charges and deported.   The justices said Arizona’s police can stop, question and briefly detain immigrants if officers have reason to believe they are in the country illegally. This was seen as a key part of the state’s law. But the justices said the police have limited authority. They must check with federal immigration agents before deciding to hold the suspects. The justices also blocked parts of Arizona’s SB 1070 that would have made it a state crime for illegal immigrants to fail to carry documents or to seek work.

The court’s decision appears to give states such as Arizona a quite limited role in enforcing the laws against illegal immigrants. Their police can notify federal agents if they have a suspect in custody, but they cannot keep them in a county jail on state charges.

“The Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate most portions of Arizona’s SB1070 is an important victory for fair-minded Americans. Although the most odious part of the law, the “show me your papers” provision, was not enjoined, we take heart in the reaffirmation by the Court that we cannot have a patchwork system of 50 different state immigration laws.  To any politician who supports laws like SB1070, we say this: We will remain vigilant, we will be in the streets protesting and we will be at the ballot box voting. SEIU members in Minnesota, and across the country, share a deep-seated commitment to defeating any legislator willing to put anti-immigrant, draconian laws on the books – today’s ruling is a reminder of why that commitment is important,” said SEIU MN Local 26 President Javier Morillo.

On a key point, the court agreed that only the federal government should regulate immigration. The court also left the door open to future legal challenges, which SEIU and other plaintiffs in other lawsuits against SB 1070 are pursuing.

SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina

SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina

SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina responded to the court’s ruling:“Today the Supreme Court agreed with us-that only the federal government should regulate immigration and that states do not have the right to create a fifty state patchwork of immigration laws.  But today is not a good day for justice in America. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the most egregious section of this discriminatory law that defies the words etched in stone across the front of the august court building: ‘Equal Justice Under the Law.”

Medina said SEIU will mobilize voters to ensure that politicians who write such discriminatory laws do not win election.“This ruling makes clear that our campaign to mobilize Latino voters and communities of color to organize and grow our electoral power is an absolute necessity. On November 6, we will be heard at the ballot box.”

Other Key Facts include:

  • A report by the Immigration Policy Center and Center for American Progress showed that if all undocumented workers in Arizona were given a path to citizenship, it could increase employment 7.7 percent and increase tax revenue by $1.86 billion.
  • The report also showed that if every undocumented worker left the state of Arizona, it would decrease total employment by 17.2 percent.
  • Thus, the state’s economy would decrease by $48.8 billion.
Here is a brief overview of the other major case of interest to SEIU that the court is weighing: Health reform

SEIU Minnesota members worked tirelessly on behalf of all Minnesotans and played a critical role in the original passage of the Affordable Care Act. Their strong advocacy has, two years later, meant we’ve seen Americans of all ages and backgrounds now have greater access to affordable health coverage. However the court rules on the question of whether Congress overstepped its power in requiring virtually every American to buy health insurance, it could set important limits for future lawmakers. There will almost certainly be some message for Congress about what the limits of its powers are. If the court strikes down the law,  it will lay the ground to establish new limits.

Regardless, when it comes to our healthcare, we all want the same things: to be able to afford the care we need, to know we won’t be bossed around by insurance companies, and to have the freedom to make the right healthcare decisions for ourselves and our families. The healthcare law does just that and we are here to support it.

Affordable Care Act: Key Facts

  • Works for women, children, seniors – everyone. More than 86 million Americans received preventive care such as mammograms and colonoscopies for free in 2011.
  • Works for young adults: 2.5 million young adults are now insured because of the new health care law.
  • Works for older Americans: More than 5.1 million Medicare beneficiaries saved more than $3.2 billion on prescription drugs because of the new health care law.

Works for those with pre-existing conditions: More than 129 million Americans will not be denied coverage again because of the law.  Works for small businesses: A growing number of businesses offering health care coverage are taking advantage of tax credits available under the law.

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