November 14, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to Speaker John Boehner’s comments about comprehensive immigration reform.
“I am deeply disappointed that Speaker Boehner has resorted to excuse making instead of moving comprehensive immigration reform to the House floor. The Senate, the President, the public, and a majority of the House of Representatives all support legislation to keep families together, protect the rights of immigrants, and create a path to citizenship for aspiring Americans. But Speaker Boehner and his deputies are refusing to allow a vote, claiming there is not enough time to schedule one. This is absurd on its face. The Speaker should schedule a vote now on H.R. 15 or similar bipartisan legislation to fix our broken immigration system. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. It is time for Republican leaders to let the House work its will on this critically important issue.”
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers, primarily in the retail and meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries. The UFCW protects the rights of workers and strengthens America’s middle class by fighting for health care reform, living wages, retirement security, safe working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and women and their families can realize the American Dream. For more information about the UFCW’s effort to protect workers’ rights and strengthen America’s middle class, visit www.ufcw.org, or join our online community at www.facebook.com/UFCWinternational and www.twitter.com/ufcw.