04/19/2017

California Labor Group Declares Itself A ‘Sanctuary Union’ For Illegal Immigrants

Ted Goodman, Daily Signal

A California-based labor union representing more than 11,000 health care workers declared itself a “sanctuary union” for its members and their relatives “at risk of deportation.”

“As President Donald Trump was preparing to bar Syrian refugees and bolster his deportation force, the National Union of Healthcare Workers was convening members across California to discuss how best to protect each other,” Porfirio Quintano, a member of the the union’s executive board, said in an op-ed that appeared in labor publications over the past week.

“We emerged with a consensus that we would declare ourselves a ‘sanctuary union’ and that protecting our members from Trump’s deportation dragnet would be as high a priority as defending them from management retaliation,” continued Quintano, one of 20 members elected to the union’s executive board.

The National Union of Healthcare Workers is partnering with an immigration law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area to represent members and their relatives that are at risk of deportation, according to its website. The union is also educating its members on ways to hinder U.S. federal agents from determining their immigration status.

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