TAKE ACTION: Sign our petition and let PA elected officials know that we do not want to become the next Alabama or Arizona. Pennsylvania and our communities deserve better.
Juntos is profoundly disappointed by the news that the Pennsylvania Houseand Senate will consider HB380, SB637, and SB9. We have also been informed that many other anti-immigrant/anti-worker bills in the state are being called up for consideration. Juntos strongly opposes any anti-immigrant/anti-worker bill as their impact will reach every individual, citizen or not, and will create a climate of persecution for workers, families, and community members.
Unemployment rates are at an all-time high in Pennsylvania and many families are struggling paycheck to paycheck. Instead of working budgetary solutions that work for PA families, some lawmakers would rather scapegoat immigrants for cheap political points. The facts are clear, attacking immigrant workers will not bring back jobs or strengthen our unions. Study after study shows that immigrants do not take jobs. Attacks on immigrant workers will open the door for more attacks against all workers. That’s why unions stand with immigrant workers and against E-verify, they know it will create more dire work conditions with fewer labor protections for all workers.
Last month Juntos took over 500 community leaders, families, union workers, lawyers, and advocates from across several districts to Harrisburg in opposition to anti-immigrant bills like e-verify. Labor leaders from SCIU Healthcare PA, Restaurant Opportunities Center of Philadelphia, and the Transit Workers Union Local 234 stood with us and all workers as we chanted ‘The Hate Stops Here’ in both Spanish and English. Over 3,000 signatures from individuals across our state and nation strongly opposing these bills were presented in Harrisburg to elected officials. This all adds up to thousands of individuals voicing their concern to these short sighted legislations that assaults immigrant workers, hurt families and degrade our Constitution.
Pennsylvania elected officials are wasting our time with divisive issues instead of finding real solutions. Rather than prioritize assaults on our communities and workers we ask our state officials to focus on passing a fair budget that prioritizes improving/supporting our public education system and creating fair and dignified work conditions.