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Public Employee Press

Edited by Alfredo Alvarado

Local 983’s Jose Molina celebrates with his wife, children, and attorneys Nov. 1 at victory party.

Local 983 member will stay in the US

Lawyers and labor celebrated a stunning victory Nov.1 that ended the 4-year legal battle for Jose Molina, a Local 983 Associate Parks Service Worker.

In October, Molina and his family learned he is no longer at risk of being deported.

ICE terminated immigration proceedings against Molina, who came to the United States at 18 months old as a permanent resident. “I cannot thank you enough,” said Molina. “I never believed people cared about me. Knowing how hard you worked to help me is deeply moving.”

His lawyers credit the front page story in the May 2017 Public Employee Press and unwavering support from unions and immigration advocates for the outcome of Molina’s complex case. 

A tremendous community effort led by DC 37 union leaders, Henry Garrido, Joe Puleo, and 32BJ, as well as City Council member Carlos Manchaca, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and Parks management led to the halt of his deportation.