When AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka thinks
about immigration, he thinks about boats."I
think about boats coming to America long ago,
filled with hopeful workers in search of a
better life," wrote Trumka in a message to
working families supporters.
And I think about what
those boats would look like now. They’d be
turned in the other direction, deporting those
hopeful workers and separating our families.
Because America doesn’t welcome her children
now—our broken patchwork of policies turns them
Too many families have been separated because
of our nation’s broken immigration system, said
Trumka. Tragically, this heartbreak happens
every day because
Congress has failed to act on a commonsense
crisis on our worksites and in our
communities can’t wait any longer.
It is downright silly to hold out
hope that House Republicans will
suddenly rediscover their hearts and
realize it’s important to have a
values-based immigration system.
As the AFL-CIO laid out in a
memorandum to the Department of
Homeland Security, the executive
branch must provide all of these
affected workers with affirmative
status and work authorization.
Trumka said, "I’ve told the
president, this is the right thing
to do. Every possible step that
could be taken should be taken with
has been a major focus of our
federation because the labor
movement never stands by when
workers are mistreated. We don’t
stand by when immigrant workers
aren’t paid fair wages on the
construction site, or when employers
use shady tactics to fire hotel
workers based on their immigration
status when they stand up for their
rights. And when we know there are
jobs on the table, like the 800,000
new jobs that would be created by
immigration reform, we fight like
hell for every single one.
That’s what immigration is about.
It’s about work. About being paid
fairly and bringing it home to
support your family. About making a
better life. And about knowing that
if you can just work hard at a good
job, your life will be better.
Please sign the
petition to ask President Barack
Obama to extend administrative
relief to the 11 million aspiring
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) isn't afraid to say the word "union."
In fact, she says it
"long and loud."
Warren stopped by
the AFL-CIO last
week to read
excerpts of her new
book, A Fighting
the entire event in
the video above or
see excerpts below.
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