The unions have also responded to the dangers their immigrant members are facing. When 140 of their members were
detained following a raid at a union meatpacking plant in Ohio in June, the RWDSU pledged whatever support its members required, including legal representation. The Teamsters became a sanctuary union last year after one of its members was deported and has
been training members to know their rights during a raid. Because union members are often on the front lines of protecting other immigrants, 1199 SEIU has developed a training manual to help its members champion immigrants’ healthcare access rights in the
Funding provided by state and city government has allowed CWE to financially support several of the programs at unions and community organizations.
The groups discussed how to respond to the administration’s latest attacks on immigrant communities, including a proposal to deny legal immigration pathways to families who have used government benefits that they are legally entitled to. With so many local
organizations providing immigrant legal services, CWE has developed materials listing the places immigrants can turn for help.
“It was an important moment to bring this group together, to discuss what is working and what more we need to do,” said Darly Cornell, CWE’s Education Director, who is in charge of immigrant programing. “We will keep the conversation going to make sure we are
doing everything possible to support immigrant New Yorkers.”