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Supreme Court Split Decision on Immigration Underscores Importance of this Election and Urgency for Congress to Act on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Washington, D.C. (June 24, 2016) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the
Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today on the Supreme Court’s
split decision on the President’s Executive Order to provide relief to immigrant families:

The Supreme Court’s inability to make a decision, thereby blocking any potential relief for immigrant families, underscores the importance of this election at all levels of government. The next President of the United States will have the critical job of filling the vacant seat on the Supreme Court—a seat that will be the deciding vote on critical issues that have an impact on families, workers, and our nation for years to come,

 

President Obama’s Executive Order was a temporary solution that was put forth after the U.S. House rejected the Senate’s bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation. LIUNA was proudly founded in 1903 by immigrant workers and we have long been a proud and united advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. The current system is broken and leads to unfair results in far too many cases; including tragic family separations and worker exploitation. It is outrageous and perplexing that while this Congress cannot get comprehensive immigration reform done, it is able to get expansion of exploitative H2B visa programs passed.

 

It’s up to Congress to right the injustices in our current immigration system and it’s urgent that they do so. The 2016 election, which is around the corner, will set the stage for action on immigration and many other issues critical to our members. LIUNA strongly supports candidates, including Secretary Hillary Clinton for President of the United States, who will champion working class families, fight for immigration reform, and put the right person on the Supreme Court so that America continues to be a country that provides protection from exploitation and grants every person the opportunity to prosper from hard work.

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