The AFL-CIO has been calling on the White House to halt unnecessary deportations since spring 2013. Our dysfunctional and antiquated immigration system is an invitation for employer manipulation and abuse, and U.S.-born workers as well as immigrant workers are paying the price. Every day that the White House does not act, more than 1,000 people are torn from their worksites, their families and their communities, driving down wages and standards in the process.
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.
On Thursday morning in a Capitol Hill church, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration will celebrate a Mass for immigrants and their families who are being subjected to separation because of our broken immigration system. Later, they will urge House lawmakers to act on immigration reform legislation.