State of Washington, et al., v. Trump., et al

Filing 47

DECLARATION of Jeff Johnson filed by Amicus Washington State Labor Council re 46 MOTION for Leave to File Amicus Brief (Robbins, Jennifer)

Download PDF
THE HONORABLE JAMES L. ROBART 1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON 7 8 STATE OF WASHINGTON, 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 No. 2:17-cv-00141-JLR Plaintiff, v. DECLARATION OF JEFF JOHNSON DONALD TRUMP, in his official capacity as President of the United States; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF SECURITY; JOHN F. KELLY, in his official capacity as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; TOM SHANNON, in his official capacity as Acting Secretary of State; and the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 16 Defendants. 17 18 19 I, Jeff Johnson, hereby declare as follows based on personal knowledge. 20 1. 21 22 23 I am the president of the Washington State Labor Council (“ WSLC” I have held ). the position since 2010. Since 1986, I have held other positions with the WSLC, including special assistant to the president, lead lobbyist, research and organizing director, and shop steward for the administrative staff unit. I also sit on the Governor’ Council of Economic s 24 25 26 Advisors, the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, the Washington State Apprenticeship Council, the Board of Washington Community Action Network and Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, and I serve as Co-Chair of the Washington State Blue Green Alliance. DECLARATION OF JEFF JOHNSON - 1 Case No. 2:17-cv-00141-JLR LAW OFFICES OF SCHWERIN CAMPBELL BARNARD IGLITZIN & LAVITT, LLP 18 WEST MERCER STREET SUITE 400 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON 98119-3971 (206) 285-2828 1 2 3 4 2. The WSLC is comprised of more than 600 local unions and represents more than 450,000 rank-and-file union members working in Washington State. It is widely considered to be the “ voice of labor”in Washington State. WSLC has a strong interest in advocating for the liberty interests of Washington State workers. 5 6 7 3. The WSLC provides many services to its affiliated unions. The Council has a focus on legislative advocacy, political action, communication through its website “ The Stand,” 8 supporting affiliated unions’ organizing drives by rallying community leaders and elected 9 officials, and programs that provide affiliate and direct worker assistance like dislocated worker 10 assistance, increasing student awareness about apprenticeship programs within community and 11 technical colleges, Project Help, education and training for union members, and assistance for 12 unions with contract and economic research. 13 14 4. On January 30, 2017, I issued the following statement regarding President Donald 15 Trump’ Executive Order that bans all refugees from entering the country for 120 days, bans all s 16 refugees from Syria indefinitely, and bans immigrants and non-immigrants from seven majority- 17 Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days: 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 President Trump’ Executive Order on Friday de facto banning Muslims from s certain Middle Eastern countries from entering/re-entering the country for 90 days went beyond the pale of common decency, human dignity, and further fans the flames of racism, xenophobia, and anti-Islamism that he thoughtlessly spewed during his campaign. Legal permanent residents, green card holders and vetted refugees from certain Muslim countries — only countries where the Trump Corporation has no business dealings — were detained at airports, refused entry, and in some cases, sent back to the country they had just arrived from. This reckless action further contributes to the rising attacks on Muslims and others in America. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports a dramatic rise in hate incidents over the past two years, now at 260,000 hate incidents a year. This hateful and shameful Executive Order was met by thousands protesting at airports across the country as well as an emergency stay against the Executive Order by a federal judge. DECLARATION OF JEFF JOHNSON - 2 Case No. 2:17-cv-00141-JLR LAW OFFICES OF SCHWERIN CAMPBELL BARNARD IGLITZIN & LAVITT, LLP 18 WEST MERCER STREET SUITE 400 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON 98119-3971 (206) 285-2828 As union members and as a labor movement we stand with immigrants and refugees. We cannot and will not allow the president to pick us off one group at a time. Another leader did this in the 1930s and 1940s with horrific consequences. 1 2 3 4 America was built by immigrants and refugees and they will continue to play a part in the values upon which we define America. 5 6. 6 7 Among WSLC’ affiliated unions, unions who have signed a Solidarity Charter s with the WSLC and other labor allies are unions whose members are directly impacted by the Executive Order, because they are immigrants or non-immigrant temporary workers from one of 8 the seven banned countries whose ability to travel into and out of the United States is prohibited 9 10 outright or whose inability to re-enter the United States after travelling will put their livelihoods 11 in jeopardy. Members are also affected because the ability of their families to travel into the 12 United States is prohibited temporarily or indefinitely, disrupting the members’ family ties, 13 personal freedoms and economic security. The members of unions affiliated or allied with 14 WSLC affected by the ban include hospitality workers, retail employees, health care industry 15 workers, laborers, factory workers, and state, county and municipal employees among others. 16 These union members are exceptionally diverse, comprised of an array of races, nationalities, 17 18 and religions. The negative policies the United States government establishes concerning 19 immigrants, non-immigrant visitors and refugees of certain national origins or religions reflects 20 the attitudes the government has of its own citizens of those same national origins and religions – 21 that they are less valued, less than equal. Such policies cause harm to our unions’members that 22 cannot be undone. 23 // 24 25 26 // // // DECLARATION OF JEFF JOHNSON - 3 Case No. 2:17-cv-00141-JLR LAW OFFICES OF SCHWERIN CAMPBELL BARNARD IGLITZIN & LAVITT, LLP 18 WEST MERCER STREET SUITE 400 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON 98119-3971 (206) 285-2828 1 2 3 4 7. Recognizing the injustice of President Trump’ Executive Order, labor unions s have spoken out emphatically against it. Attached hereto as Exhibit A are true and accurate copies of some statements by organized labor, published on their websites in response to the Executive Order. 5 6 7 8 9 I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Signed in _Olympia, WA__, Washington, this 2nd day of February, 2017. 10 11 12 13 Jeff Johnson 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 DECLARATION OF JEFF JOHNSON - 4 Case No. 2:17-cv-00141-JLR LAW OFFICES OF SCHWERIN CAMPBELL BARNARD IGLITZIN & LAVITT, LLP 18 WEST MERCER STREET SUITE 400 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON 98119-3971 (206) 285-2828 DECLARATION OF SERVICE 1 2 3 4 I hereby declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the state of Washington that on this 2nd day of February, 2017, I caused the foregoing Declaration of Jeff Johnson to be filed with the Court using the cm/ecf system, which will automatically provide notification of such 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 filing to: Colleen M. Melody Patricio A. Marquez Marsha Chien Office of the Attorney General 800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000 Seattle, WA 98104 Robert W. Ferguson Anne E. Egeler Noah G. Purcell Office of the Attorney General PO Box 40100 Olympia, WA 98504-0100 Jacob Campion Attorney General of Minnesota 445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1100 St. Paul, MN 55101 Michelle R. Bennett Arjun Garg U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20530 22 23 Signed in Seattle, Washington, this 2nd day of February, 2017. 24 25 Jennifer Woodward, Paralegal 26 DECLARATION OF SERVICE - 5 Case No. 2:17-cv-00141-JLR LAW OFFICES OF SCHWERIN CAMPBELL BARNARD IGLITZIN & LAVITT, LLP 18 WEST MERCER STREET SUITE 400 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON 98119-3971 (206) 285-2828 Exhibit A  (/) Contact: Maria Ponce, (, 202-394-2139 Issued January 27, 2017 SEIU’s Sáenz: Trump’s executive actions are an attack on American values that will hurt immigrant, Muslim and refugee families WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response President Trump’s announcement of a series of executive actions on immigration and refugees, SEIU International Executive Vice President and iAmerica Action President Rocio Sáenz issued the following statement: “Another day brings another executive action that attacks immigrants, refugees and their families and compromises American values. Earlier this week, President Trump followed through on his promise to create a mass deportation force, turned the vast majority of immigrants into deportation priorities, fasttracked their deportation, and made mandatory detention the default for all immigrants, including families and children ⩞�eeing persecution. Trump’s executive actions today will continue to intensify the criminalization of immigrants. “America should always be a nation that welcomes immigrant and refugee families and their contributions to our communities and economy. Restrictions on immigration from predominantly Muslim countries repudiate our own values and give license to others around the world to do the same or worse. Denying refuge to persons ⩞�eeing persecution at a time when they are most in need of safety is morally wrong and un-American.  It undermines our security because it harms the victims of persecution and violates our international obligations. “SEIU members and our communities will keep standing up for immigrants, refugees and their families, despite these attacks. Tens of thousands rallied and marched in more than 70 cities throughout America on Jan. 14, and we will use our collective power in the days and months ahead to prevent deportations and protect immigrant families. We will build our movement so we can come back stronger in 2018 and 2020 to win common sense immigration reform that works for working families.” 1800 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20036 twitter ( facebook ( youtube ( Privacy (/privacy/) Contact (/about/#contact) ©Service Employees International Union Paid for by SEIU COPE, Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. Enter e­mail address News Coverage Press Releases Events Calendar Interactive Event Map 50th Anniversary Home > News & Events> Press Releases Tweets by Trump refugee ban executive order is ‘appalling,’ UFW and UFW Foundation say @   UFWupdates 01/27/2017 United Farm ... @UFWupdates The Hill: GOP suspends  rules to push through EPA  pick despite Dem boycott  @... 2h    United Farm Embed View on Twitter Trump refugee ban executive order is  ‘appalling,’ UFW and UFW Foundation say UFW Foundation Executive Director and United Farm Workers National Vice President Diana Tellefson Torres issued the following statement from Los Angeles in response to President Trump’s executive orders issued today and aimed at those who seek refuge in the United States: Any type of refugee ban for any period of time is appalling and in direct opposition to long‐held American values. Seeking refuge in the U.S is most often the last resort for those who face genuine risk of persecution and can’t return to their countries from which they ‫ﻐ‬led. This ban not only turns America's back on the world’s most oppressed people, it also undermines our nation’s founding principles. We are a nation of immigrants, a nation that has historically offered refuge to the oppressed. The UFW Foundation and UFW will continue standing ‫ﻐ‬irmly with immigrant and refugee families, and denounces today’s executive actions.       For immediate release January 29, 2017 Annemarie Strassel Statement by D. Taylor, President of UNITE HERE, on President Trump’s Travel Ban <>“With several executive orders this week, President Trump has brought shame upon the United States and its rich humanitarian legacy. He has put the lives of refugees, most of them children, fleeing for their very lives, in danger once again.  His orders barring individuals holding green cards and visas has created a humanitarian crisis and thrown our nation’s airports into chaos. He has now established a religious test for our Nation, in spite of his denials of the truth once again, by ordering that a Christian refugee child is more important than a Muslim refugee child. This is not only obscene, but must certainly be against the Constitution of the United States which Mr. Trump only one  week ago publicly vowed to defend. “Mr. Trump has singled out Muslim-majority countries for this ban ostensibly because they have produced terrorists who have attacked the United States. Yet he exempts the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from which came the greatest number of these terrorists, and some other countries, where he owns businesses, in an utter conflict of interest with security of the United States.  Mr. Trump’s order betrays those who assisted our Nation in the war on terror sending them back to lands where their lives are certainly at risk. “Trump’s orders are fundamentally inhumane and reckless. They are un-American and unconstitutional. These orders can only put our Nation, our citizens, and our allies at greater risk. “Mr. Trump has also threatened to cut o虀� federal funding to “sanctuary” cities, where government o虀�icials are defying the President’s anti-immigrant attacks to uphold the Constitution and preserve the peace. But we commend mayors in New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and beyond, who are declaring their cities sanctuary cities in defiance of Mr. Trump’s unconstitutional and immoral directives. We demand that leaders in other American cities where our members live and work do the same. “As the Union of hospitality workers, including thousands of workers at airports across the US, we welcome travelers and refugees from across the globe. We are proud to serve you. For the sake of our families, the people we serve and the values our nation holds so dear, we will fight President Trump’s un-American attacks on travelers from Muslim countries and immigrants of any ethnicity, race or creed. “In the coming days and months ahead, Maria Elena Durazo, UNITE HERE’s General Vice President of Immigration, Civil Rights and Diversity, will be leading our Union’s fight against this illegal and immoral policy.” About UNITE HERE UNITE HERE is an organization that represents 270,000 working people across North America. Our members in the U.S. and Canada work in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries. Our membership is diverse. We are predominantly women and people of color, and we hail from all corners of the planet. Together, we are building a movement to empower immigrants and all workers across North America to achieve greater equality and opportunity. <//> Campaigns <> partnerships/> Where We Are UNITE HERE represents workers throughout the United States and Canada. Find a Local by State/ Province Any Find Local or City UNITE HERE Headquarters 275 7th Avenue, 16th Floor New York, NY 10001-6708 Tel. 212-265-7000 UNITE HERE Canada OFL Building, 15 Gervais Dr. 3rd Floor Toronto, Ontario M3C 1Y8 Tel. 416-384-0983 Follow Us Subscribe to Updates <

Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.

Why Is My Information Online?