May 12, 2017
Rachel Gumpert
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Prominent Haitian-American Organization UNITE HERE Raising Flag on Trump Mass Deportations; Organizing Day of Action Across Florida

Miami, FL – On Saturday, May 13, 2017, the UNITE HERE union, one of the largest organizations of Haitian immigrants in Florida, will be participating in multiple actions organizing against the threat of 50,000 Haitian immigrants facing immediate deportation this summer under the Trump administration. The mass deportation threat stems from the sunsetting of Haitian Temporary Protected Status (TPS) this summer, and growing concerns that the Trump administration may not renew or extend Haitian legal worker status. UNITE HERE represents thousands of Haitians living and working legally in Florida, some of whom would be at risk for deportation and face termination from their jobs if TPS is not renewed. UNITE HERE represents 270,000 members working in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries in the U.S. and Canada, including 21,000 Local 737 and 362 members in Orlando and 6,000 Southern Florida members in Local 355.


Who: UNITE HERE and partner organizations
What: March Against Haitian Deportation
When: SATURDAY, May 13, at 10am
Where: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 8801 N.W. 7th Avenue, Miami, FL 33150
NOTE: UNITE HERE member leaders and Haitian immigrants are available now through May 15 for interviews on their personal experiences and how losing TPS, and thus the criminalization of Haitian workers, would impact immigrants as well as the local economy in Florida.


Who: UNITE HERE and partner organizations
What: Haitian Mass Deportation Community Roundtable
When: SATURDAY, May 13, at 7:30pm
Where: Eglise Baptiste Haitienne Philadelphie, 4618 Middlebrook Rd, Orlando, FL 32811