San Francisco, CA – UNITE HERE celebrates yesterday’s federal court ruling blocking termination of TPS for El Salvador, Haiti, Sudan, and Nicaragua, in which UNITE HERE Orlando member and Haitian TPS holder Wilna Destin is a plaintiff along with her child. The ruling created a temporary injunction on the TPS terminations for those countries, whose designations had been removed in the past year.

UNITE HERE applauds Destin for her courage and strength in participating in a lawsuit which will be a welcome reprieve for hundreds of thousands of impacted immigrant workers in America as they continue working in and contributing to their communities. Destin’s participation in the lawsuit reflects UNITE HERE’s long time commitment to immigrant worker justice and reflects the union’s unique leadership on the issue within labor – including federal lobby days with impacted TPS and DACA members in DC, making international headlines with a massive Thanksgiving Mar-A-Lago protest of Haitian TPS termination, and the leadership of UNITE HERE’s Maria Elena Durazo who was one of dozens of activists arrested this week in the strike by port workers demanding TPS.

In the coming days and months, UNITE HERE remains dedicated to achieving a permanent congressional solution that would create pathways to citizenship for all TPS workers, and comprehensive immigration reform.

Contact: Rachel Gumpert, (908) 752-3929, rgumpert [at] unitehere [dot] org


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 thousands of workers on TPS and DACA.