32BJ SEIU: DHS Plan to Monitor Immigrants’ Social Media, a ‘Big Brother Boondoggle’

Julie Blust (215) 713-6777 jblust@seiu32bj.org

32BJ SEIU: DHS Plan to Monitor Immigrants’ Social Media, a ‘Big Brother Boondoggle’

The following statement can be attributed to Héctor Figueroa, President of 32BJ SEIU:

“DHS’s plan to monitor the social media accounts of immigrants, and their U.S. citizen friends and family, is a new low for an administration defined by anti-immigrant bigotry. The implication that all those born outside the boundaries of this country need to be watched by the federal government repudiates America’s unique history— our immigrant heritage has always been the key to our true greatness — and threatens fundamental founding principles such as equal treatment under the law and freedom of speech.

“Reports have noted that the planned monitoring would not stop at this country’s 40 million foreign-born residents; it would also ensnare anyone who has contact with the one-in-eight U.S. residents who happens to be an immigrant. This Big Brother boondoggle would seem absurd if the administration’s record of irrational discrimination weren’t already so frightening.”

With 163,000 members in eleven states and Washington, D.C., 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country and one of the largest unions representing immigrant workers in the country.
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