Representing undocumented immigrants forces unions to get creative…including creating a union ringtone to advise workers what to do in case ICE appears.
It is well known that the union movement-at-large has been at the forefront of pushing for open borders, “amnesty,” and the unionization of immigrants—including currently undocumented immigrants.
It is also fairly well known that there are several unions that knowingly represent and take union dues from workers who are in the U.S. illegally.
As a result, unions have a vested interest in protecting those dues-paying members as much as possible in the face of increased enforcement–including workplace raids–under the Trump administration.
For example, the AFL-CIO (a federation of 56 national unions) recently launched a “defend and resist toolkit” for union advocates to use if faced with ICE raids.
One Chicago union, however, is taking things one step further.
UNITE HERE Local 1 in Chicago has created a ringtone (in Spanish) to educate its undocumented immigrant members in case, according to the Local, “Trump’s deportation agents show up.”
“We know what it’s like to have our rights disrespected by people with badges,” the video’s narrator says.
Here’s the translation, via the Chicago Sun-Times.
“If immigration comes to arrest you, keep calm. You have the right not to sign anything and not to say anything. You have the right to remain silent, also the right to ask for an attorney.”