United Latinos Statement on Border Crisis

The United Latinos of the UFCW condemns the Trump Administration’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers at the Border, Resulting in Tragic Deaths, Separation of Families, and Inhumane and Abusive Detention Conditions of Migrants and Children 

A father, Oscar Alberto, and his two-year old daughter, Valeria, tragically drowned crossing the Rio Grande attempting to come to the United States to seek refuge and asylum – fleeing the violence from their native El Salvador.  In recent months, thousands of migrants fleeing violence in Central America have traveled to the Southern border seeking asylum. The United States government, however, has refused to allow people to present at the border and apply for asylum, has separated families –  ripping children – including infants and toddlers – from their families, and subjected these individuals to inhumane treatment and deplorable detention conditions.  


The United Latinos of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union condemns the Trump Administration’s cruel and inhumane treatment of migrants at the border.  This current administration’s border policy is inconsistent with the principles and values upon which this country was founded. It is reported that 24 immigrants have died in ICE custody under the Trump Administration.  Children are dying in Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) custody at the border and the recent reports of “sickness, filth and overcrowding” of young people and children in a Texas CBP detention facility demonstrate that crisis exists at the border.  These policies will not deter our members and workers in this country from continuing to go to work to improve their workplaces and lives.       


“Our union members and their families include immigrants who have contributed to our communities and workplaces in the UnitedStates.  Many of our parents and grandparents were once migrants seeking entry at our borders. We cannot allow the human rights violations to continue to take place at our borders.  We demand a stop to these practices and demand family unification now. Additionally, we will continue to fight to improve the lives of our members, their families, and all workers in the United States.”  – Rigo Valdez, President of United Latinos.


The United Latinos of the UFCW call on Congress to support legislation that ends child detention and supports family unification.  Resources with ideas on how individuals can help immigrants at the border, in detention or otherwise, can be found in the following link. 

This administration’s anti-immigrant and anti-worker policies are not limited to the current crisis at the border.  Our communities and workers are under attack. We encourage all workers, members, and their families to know their rights.  We will continue to organize, mobilize and educate our members.  

In Solidarity,

The United Latinos of the UFCW