Posts About Immigration Reform

Know Your Rights

ENGLISH: Solidarity Resources: Know Your Rights, Protect Yourself, Your Family and Your Coworkers

ESPANOL: Recursos de Solidaridad: Conozca sus Derechos Protéjase, Proteja a su Familia y a sus Compañeros de Trabajo

Para leer la siguiente información en español, haga clic aquí:


If ICE comes to your workplace or stops you in public, you have the right to:

• Remain silent and not provide information that can be used against you. Lying or providing false information can have very serious consequences.

• Speak to an attorney. By speaking to an attorney before you answer questions, you can make informed decisions about what to say and what information to provide.

• Not sign any document ICE presents to you. You have the right to speak with an attorney before signing anything.

• Leave if you are not being detained. You have the right to ask the ICE officer if you are being detained or are free to go. If you are not being detained, you have the right to walk away. Stay calm and do not run.

NOTE: In case of an ICE raid in your workplace, contact your union rep or shop steward immediately.


If ICE comes to your home, you have the right to:

• See a warrant BEFORE you open the door. You have the right to refuse to allow ICE or police to enter your home unless the officers show a court warrant signed by a judicial officer (usually a judge).

• A warrant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is never enough! You have the right to ask ICE to slide
the warrant under the door so you can inspect it. You do not have to open the door until they do. If it is an arrest warrant, it must be signed by a judicial officer and have your name on it. If it is a search warrant, it must be signed by a judicial officer and have the exact address of your home. If you open the door to ICE without a court warrant, this may be seen as giving “consent” to have your home entered and searched.

• Remain silent. Present the Rights Card at the end of this booklet to officers. If you talk about your immigration status, your country of origin or how you got to the U.S., this information could be used against you.

NOTE: ICE agents can and do lie in order to gain entrance to your home.


If you are stopped in your car:

• You have the right to remain silent, to speak to your attorney, to leave if you are not being arrested or detained, and to not sign anything without speaking to your attorney.

• If you are the driver of the vehicle, you may be required to show your license, registration and proof of insurance.

• Take note of which kind of law enforcement agent has stopped you (sheriff, city or county police, state trooper, or immigration officer), and the name and badge number of the agent.

Remember: Presenting false documents or false identification can lead to serious legal consequences.


Carry A Rights Card

Keep this card (and the phone number of an immigration attorney) with you at all times. These rights apply to everyone in the United States—carrying this card is an important reminder of those rights, especially for those of us in communities that face racial profiling by police or ICE.

Immigration Reform
October 5th: Day of Dignity and Respect

Mark your calendars: Sat, Oct. 5th at 3pm at the Culinary. RSVP here:
Saturday October 5th is a national day of action in the immigration reform community. Across the country people are coming together in solidarity for a very important goal: a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people in the United States that keeps families together. 

Our movement will not rest until there is a clear plan to solve this issue for our country. The status quo is unacceptable and we won’t stop until an inclusive path to citizenship is achievable for all the 11 million undocumented. 

Join us at the Culinary Local 226 Union Hall in Downtown Las Vegas (1630 S. Commerce Street) for immigration reform and community organizing training, and a screening of a video coalition partners produced to highlight the contributions immigrant families are making to Southern Nevada. We will also go out to the Las Vegas community to do some community outreach for immigration reform!


El sábado, 5 de octubre es un día nacional de acción para la comunidad involucrada en la Reforma Migratoria. Por todo el país, las personas se están agrupando en solidaridad por una meta muy importante: una vía hacia la ciudadanía para los 11 millones de indocumentados en los EEUU, que mantenga a las familias unidas.

Nuestro movimiento no cesara hasta que exista un plan claro para resolver este problema en nuestro país. La situación actual no es aceptable y no nos detendremos hasta conseguir que esté al alcance de los 11 millones de indocumentados un camino hacia la ciudadanía que incluya a nuestras familias.

Acompañemos en las Oficinas de la Unión Culinaria 226 en Las Vegas (1630 S. Commerce Street) para un entrenamiento sobre la reforma migratoria y la organización comunitaria, y también la proyección de un vídeo que nuestra coalición hizo para destacar lo que las familias inmigrantes contribuyen al sur de Nevada. ¡También saldremos a la comunidad de Las Vegas para informar a nuestros vecinos sobre la reforma migratoria!

Sa Sabado, ika-5 ng Oktubre ay pambansang araw ng aksiyon sa komunidad ng reporma sa imigrasyon. Ang mga tao sa buong bansa ay magsasama-sama sa pagkakaisa para sa isang napaka-mahalagang layunin: isang daan patungo sa sitisensip para sa 11 milyo’ng hindi dokumentado’ng mga tao sa Estados Unidos na pinananatili’ng sama-sama ang mga pamilya.

Ang ating kilusan ay hindi titigil hanggang sa magkaroon ng isang malinaw na plano upang malutas ang isyu na ito para sa ating bansa. Ang kawalan ng istado ay hindi natin tatanggapin at hindi tayo titigil hanggang ang isang napapabilang na daan patungo sa sitisenip ay maaaring matamo para sa lahat ng mga 11 milyo’ng wala’ng dokumento.

Samahan kami sa Bulwagan ng Unyon ng Culinary Lokal 226 sa gitna ng lungsod ng Las Vegas (1630 S. Commerce Street) para sa reporma sa imigrasyon at komunidad sa pag-aayos, pagsasanay, at isang pag-papalabas ng isang bidyo na ginawa ng mga kasama sa koalisyon upang itampok ang mga kontribusyon at mga nagawa ng pamilya ng mga imigrante sa Southern Nevada. Lalabas din tayo sa komunidad ng Las Vegas upang gumawa ng pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga komunidad para sa reporma sa imigrasyon!

Our American Dream NV

LAS VEGAS, NV - As the United States Senate continues its second week of debate on immigration reform legislation, the Nevada State AFL-CIO released the fifth video of their 'Our American Dream NV' web series on immigration reform.

"Immigration reform is important to me because I was separated from my son when he was two years old, and had to wait for twenty years to be reunited with him," said Nympha, a mother and member of Culinary Workers Local 226. "For twenty years I never had a Mother's Day, and being with my family is important. That is why I want Senator Heller to vote yes on immigration reform."

Nympha's story is one of many who have been impacted by failed policies that keep families apart. 

Nevadans can view new these videos on the AFL-CIO's 'Our American Dream NV' website, where one new video will be made available every day for the remainder of the month. Nevadans are also encouraged to utilize the website to contact Senator Dean Heller and share their opinion on this critical legislation.

Immigration Reform

Short and Strong

Short and Strong

Cortos Y Fuertes is a contest sponsored by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and UNITE HERE, the union of hotel and food service workers. The mission is to encourage young people across the country to share stories of immigrants in their lives. America was built on the hard work and ambition of immigrants, and Cortos Y Fuertes wants you to capture that ambition on video by telling your story.

Participants are tasked with creating videos that tell the story of your family, dreams and pride using handheld video cameras, smart phones, and whatever other equipment and software you own or have permission to use. We encourage you to investigate issues in your communities, within the boundaries of the law.

As our country is poised on the brink of moving forward on a path to citizenship for America’s eleven million undocumented immigrants, The CORTOS Y FUERTES / SHORT & STRONG student film competition will add the voices of young people, at their creative best, to this national dialogue.

These short student films will tell the stories of immigrants.

Stories of family, pride, hard work and dreams.

We welcome your voice, your film. CORTOS Y FUERTES / SHORT & STRONG is sponsored by labor unions — the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and UNITE HERE – in collaboration with distinguished social justice activists and luminaries in the entertainment industry.

Submissions are due by September 20, 2013! More info here:

Potluck on Monday!

The Culinary will be hosting a Collaboration in Communities meeting and potluck on Monday, May 13th from 6-8pm at the Culinary Union.

Members from different communities including the Asian Pacific Islander, Hispanic / Latino, African American, and Caucasian leaders come to work together on issues impacting our respective communities. This is a group that meets regardless of political affiliation to discuss topics that are important to us. We wish to continue working together to make our community stronger.

It is a potluck so please bring an entree, side dish, dessert, or beverage. Feel free to invite others who wish to learn more about Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Monday's topic) or just join our group. 

 Collaboration in Communities Meeting and Potluck

Monday, May 13, 2013

At the Culinary Union (1630 S. Commerce St. Las Vegas) from 6-8pm

March for Citizenship

March for Citizenship

Our coalition of labor, community organizations, and faith leaders has joined forces in supporting three main principles:

1) A Pathway to Citizenship for aspiring American citizens.
2) Keeping our families together.
3) Defending workplace rights and improving standards for all workers. 

Nevadans support immigration reform, and the Time is NOW for congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Join us!

If you would like to march with the Culinary Union wear a red shirt!




Nevada State AFL-CIO,

Culinary Union 226,

Laborer's Union 872, LiUNA

Painter's Union District 15, IUPAT

United Steelworkers of Nevada, USW

Service Employees International Union Local 1107, SEIU

Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Union 162,

Mi Familia Vota, MFV

Nevada Alliance of Retired Americans, NARA

Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, PLAN

DREAM Big Vegas, DBV

National Council of La Raza, NCLR

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, APALA

Hermandad Mexicana Las Vegas

Immigration Reform for Nevada, IRN

National Federation of Filipino American Associations, NAFFAA,

Yo Soy 132,

Consejo Latino,

El Concilio Hispano,


Hispanics in Politics;

Organizacion de Nayaritas en Las Vegas,

Federacion de Mexico D.F.,

Asociacion de los Mujeres Michoacanas,

Inmigrantes Trabajando Saldremos Adelante, ITSA

Club Juchitan de Guerrero,

Internacional Human Rights,

Unidos por la reforma

Si Se Puede,

Madres por la Justicia, 

Cesar Chavez envisioned a world where all workers could have dignity in the workplace

It is a tremendous honor to accept the Champions of Change Award because the life and work of Cesar Chavez inspires me every day. Chavez's legacy continues on in the hundreds of thousands of workers who come together to demand justice. I am proud to call these men and women my union sisters and brothers.

When staying at a hotel, most people don't think about the housekeeper who made their bed, the kitchen worker who cleaned their plate, or the cook who prepared their meal. UNITE HERE has worked for decades to ensure these “invisible workers” and their basic needs – good healthcare, decent wages and job security -are not overlooked. The union has provided thousands of people the opportunity to provide better lives for themselves and their families. In Las Vegas, the Culinary Workers Local 226 has helped build the city's middle class. The union has focused on empowering its members to win their contracts and ultimately their future.

However, the work of the labor movement goes beyond the workplace. My work is centered on ensuring workers have a strong voice in their communities. I was lucky to land in Las Vegas as a neighborhood organizer during the 2010 elections. For most of five months, I spent every day knocking on doors and talking to voters in predominantly Latino neighborhoods. This gave me a clear understanding of local issues facing Las Vegans, including a weak education system and lackluster housing market. In my time at the union, I have been able to work with members and tackle these challenges head on.

During the 2011 Legislative session, Local 226 founded an organization called Nevada Students Unite Here. I directed a campaign to support education funding and prevent budget cuts. Our campaign led to over 8,000 contacts with students, parents, and union members who were deeply concerned with the issues. Ultimately, by working with community and political allies, we were able to guarantee that devastating cuts were not made to the education budget. It was tremendously empowering to represent our members and their families on such an important issue. As the Legislature convenes again this year, I am working on helping to pass legislation that protects underwater homeowners. I’m also focused on bills that will improve the quality of care in Nevada’s healthcare system.

The most important work I’m doing involves union members and immigration reform. As the daughter of immigrants, it is tremendously important for me that comprehensive reform be made a reality. It is easy to understand why UNITE HERE has been at the forefront of the immigration debate. My union represents workers from more than 100 countries. In Vegas alone there are workers from 84 nations. These members came in search of a better future; one with good jobs and opportunities for their families. Ten years ago, my union organized the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride as part of a national campaign for comprehensive reform. We have stood by the DREAMers, hosted DACA application fairs, and will do whatever it takes to support the Administration’s push for reform. I have the privilege of speaking to workers about the issue and mobilizing them into action.

Cesar Chavez envisioned a world where all workers, regardless of their job or nationality could have dignity in the workplace. By training union members to be leaders at work and in their communities, I believe UNITE HERE is making Chavez’s vision a reality.

- Yvanna Cancela, Political Director 

Get Connected