April, 2010

Statement by the UFCW on the Senate Immigration Reform Framework

“The reform plan unveiled today by Senators Reid, Schumer, and Menendez is a positive development in our efforts to fix our nation’s badly broken immigration system.

“”It is an opportunity to move this critical issue forward and to focus it at the federal level where the immigration debate belongs.
“”While the outline presented today is far from perfect, the UFCW looks forward to working with Congress to pass a meaningful comprehensive immigration reform bill that works for the American worker.
“”We applaud Senators Reid, Schumer, and Menendez for their commitment to this important issue, and we call on both Democrats and Republicans to roll up their sleeves and to make real reform a reality.””

UFCW PRESIDENT CONDEMNS ARIZONA’S ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAW

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) President Joe Hansen released the following statement today denouncing Arizona’s controversial new immigration law:

“”Arizona’s new immigration law is unworkable, unconstitutional and it undermines our nation’s rich immigrant history and heritage. It is a recipe for racial profiling and a marked retreat from the values and ideals that have made America strong.

“”In recent years, the debate over immigration has grown increasingly inflammatory, polarizing, and, at times, it has run counter to our nation’s interests and our better instincts. This bill is the result of that divisive debate—and the product of political expediency at its worst.

“”The UFCW strongly denounces the legislation and urges the Department of Justice to aggressively challenge its constitutionality. We also urge Congress to lead on this critical issue at the federal level, where it belongs and where it can be addressed in a comprehensive, rational and productive manner.

“”All across the country, UFCW locals and our members are organizing and mobilizing their communities around the importance of comprehensive immigration reform and protecting workers’ constitutional rights.

“”America needs a 21st century immigration system that works for the American worker—a system where undocumented workers can come out of the shadows and get right with the law, a system where all workers can see their job and earnings prospects strengthened because bottom feeding employers are no longer given free reign to hire and abuse undocumented immigrants, and a system where all workers can speak up without fear of retaliation or discrimination.

“”Together, we can bring stability and security to our economy, to our borders and to our families.  Together, we can refocus this debate on real, meaningful, comprehensive immigration reform that restores the rule of law, respects the constitutional rights of all workers, and recognizes the incredible role that our nation’s diversity has played—and will continue to play—in making our communities strong and vibrant.””