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Statement from California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski
Ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a heartless, gutless move by the Trump Administration that threatens to rip 800,000 young DREAMers from their families.
California is home to 200,000 DREAMers who contribute to our state’s economy and culture every day. I know some of them. These young people are bright – some downright brilliant – hard-working contributors to our community who strive for the American Dream for themselves and their families. They’re our co-workers, classmates, friends and family. They deserve to be treated with compassion and respect.
By ending DACA, Trump will turn their promising lives upside down in an effort to appease his anti-immigrant base. He is committing a cold and cynical act that will harm all of us in the long run.
The California labor movement will work tirelessly with Attorney General Xavier Becerra and other state leaders to protect DREAMers from this devastating action. We’re better for having these DREAMers in our lives and in our communities and, unlike the president, we won’t ever turn our backs on them.
The California Labor Federation is made up of more than 1,200 unions, representing 2.1 million union members in manufacturing, retail, construction, hospitality, public sector, health care, entertainment and other industries