At a worker center in Pasadena, California, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined the Los Angeles Labor Federation of Labor President, Pasadena City Mayor, and California State Labor Commissioner to oppose the ongoing deportations of immigrants, saying it undermines family unity and weakens rights for all workers. He said, “The future of immigrant workers is not in detention centers. It’s in worker centers like this one.”
“America’s deportation crisis is a bipartisan failure. I could not come here today without saying how disappointed I am with the Obama Administration’s recent decision to send women and children back to dangerous Central American nations.” He continued, “I have an enormous amount of respect and admiration for President Obama, yet the plague of immigration raids in America is nothing less than a travesty—a human travesty.” Trumka and others demanded safe haven for workers to who speak out and called on the Supreme Court to give Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) the green light.