Feb. 6, 2018

News Release

Contacts: Rick Levy, 
Montserrat Garibay
or Ed Sills, 512.477.6195


Texas AFL-CIO to Press Case to Cornyn's Office In Support of Dreamers and Immigrants Under TPS

  Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay will lead a union delegation in a meeting with the staff of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn tomorrow at his Austin office.

  The meeting will be followed by a Texas AFL-CIO news conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in front of the Chase Bank Building, 221 West 6th St., in downtown Austin. United We Dream leaders who are directly affected by what Cornyn does next will join the news conference, along with representatives of international unions.

  "The ball is in Sen. Cornyn's court and the nation is watching," Garibay said. "The senator has a key role in determining the fate of hundreds of thousands of 'Dreamers' and Temporary Protected Status holders who are working people and a vital part of our society."

  "To date, the Senator has expressed concern regarding those who could face deportation if these programs expire. Now is the time for concrete action and a tangible commitment that allows Dreamers and those under TPS to resume their lives free of fear of deportation."

  "We demand a DREAM Act with a pathway to citizenship and protection of TPS holders," Garibay said. "We must not condition those goals on the belief that to provide relief to some, our nation must punish, deport and criminalize others."


  The Texas AFL-CIO is a state labor federation consisting of 237,000 affiliated union members who advocate for working families in Texas.