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Trumka: Humanitarian Crisis Has Brought Out the Best and Worst in Us

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In response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing violence in Central America and coming into the United States and surrendering to Border Patrol agents, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement saying that the crisis has brought about the best and worst amongst us.

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The Labor Movement Never Stands by When Workers Are Mistreated, Says Trumka

The Labor Movement Never Stands by When Workers Are Mistreated, Says Trumka

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. 

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Working Families Call for House Republicans to Act on One-Year Anniversary of Stalling on Immigration

Working Families Call for House Republicans to Act on One-Year Anniversary of Stalling on Immigration

A year ago, the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill that would address many of the flaws with the country's broken immigration system, but House Republican leaders have done just about everything in their power to stall the bill, and it hasn't even come to a vote. Today, the AFL-CIO and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) hosted an event to highlight the tragic impact the ongoing deportation crisis has had on workers and families.

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Failed Immigration Policy Leaves Women and Children Hungry and Dehydrated at Arizona Bus Stations, Union Members Step in to Help

Photo courtesy Anuska Sampedro on Flickr

Since Memorial Day, border advocates and social service providers in Arizona have been responding to a sudden and substantial rise in the number of women and children arriving after having fled violence and severe conditions in Guatemala and Honduras. Service providers became overwhelmed as the numbers of people arriving at the Greyhound bus station in Tucson, Ariz., grew to 100 per day. They needed help in providing these migrant women and children with food, water and health and legal services, and the local labor movement quickly stepped in.

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The #Not1More Hunger Strikers Meet with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Urgency to Stop Deportations Heightens Before May Day

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka last week met with hunger strikers from the #Not1More campaign who are protesting the more than 2 million deportations that are tearing families apart from each other and hurting communities. At the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., Trumka addressed the three dozen hunger strikers, hailing from New Orleans and Springfield, Mass., and expressed his appreciation for “calling attention to this untenable, unacceptable situation.”

If you want to send a message of solidarity and encouragement to the hunger strikers, text HUNGER to 235246 (standard data and message rates may apply). 

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Working Families Send Messages of Solidarity to Immigrant Workers on Hunger Strike

Photo courtesy of the National Day Laborer Network (NDLON)

Last week AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and the Metropolitan Washington Labor Council met with hunger strikers who are protesting deportations that rip families apart from each other. These hunger strikers are camped out in front of the White House in Lafayette Park. 

If you want to send your own message to the hunger strikers, text HUNGER to 235246 (standard data and message rates may apply). 

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Building Democracy on Citizenship Day

Building Democracy on Citizenship Day

On Saturday’s Citizenship Day 2014, the AFL-CIO and the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) will help eligible immigrant workers across the country become U.S. citizens. AFL-CIO locals will assist NPNA in putting on some of their large-scale naturalization workshops in 15 cities around the nation.

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Inequality and the 1% Rule

In what should be considered standing logic on its end, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that while public colleges have an interest in having a racially diverse student body, nonetheless, the racial majority of a state can vote to remove racial diversity as a goal. This is a radical and activist reinterpretation of the Constitution, since by strict construction, the 14th Amendment had been added to explicitly limit white majority action to deny full legal protection to the newly freed slaves and their descendants. The purpose was to limit majority rule from becoming mob rule, continuing a legacy of inequality.

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AFL-CIO Calls on the Obama Administration to Provide Deportation Relief

AFL-CIO Calls on the Obama Administration to Provide Deportation Relief

Update: This afternoon AP reported Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. who don't have serious criminal records. Read more

The AFL-CIO today called upon President Barack Obama to halt deportations that tear families apart from each other, and today the AFL-CIO sent the president a memo urging him to take swift action on the urgent needs of workers and immigrant communities

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2 Million, 2 Many: Yes, President Obama Can Stop Deportations

More than 1,000 people are deported every day. It is predicted that in April, the Obama administration will have deported 2 million people during its tenure. Amid congressional inaction, President Barack Obama and his administration need to hear from working families that we can't wait any longer for action. The president can take concrete, bold and necessary actions today to stop senseless deportations that tear families apart from each other. 

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