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Education, Not Deportation! North Carolina State AFL-CIO Calls on DHS to Protect Immigrant Students

Education, Not Deportation! North Carolina State AFL-CIO Calls on DHS to Protect Immigrant Students

In a letter sent last week, the North Carolina State AFL-CIO demanded that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson end the ongoing practice of immigration raids that are terrorizing our communities and requested protection for the Central American teenagers who are enrolled in the state’s public schools.

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AFL-CIO Submits Amicus Brief in Support of Immigrant Working Families

AFL-CIO Submits Amicus Brief in Support of Immigrant Working Families

The AFL-CIO has submitted an amicus brief in the U.S. v. Texas case, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to lift the injunction that is blocking several million hardworking immigrants from gaining a measure of increased dignity in their lives and security on the job. The brief explains the weak legal rationale relied upon by Texas and the other plaintiff states in claiming the right to challenge federal immigration policy in this case, a challenge that has, unfortunately, obstructed much-needed protections for long-standing members of our communities for more than a year.

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Former Immigration Judge Responds: No, Toddlers Can't Represent Themselves in Court

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The following is written by Eliza Klein, a retired U.S. immigration judge who sat on the bench in Miami, Boston and Chicago from 1994 to 2011, in response to the statements of Immigration Judge Jack. H. Weil who claims that toddlers can be taught to represent themselves in court....

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Obama Administration’s Crackdown on Immigrants Ignores Due Process and Creates Communities Filled with Fear

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to the Obama administration’s large-scale deportations.

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Fed Up: Stop Breaking Up Families to Undermine Worker Organizing

In 2014, President Barack Obama said that U.S. immigration enforcement policies should focus on actual threats to our security and not interfere with workers' rights. Yet some employers have used immigration law as a way to bust union organizing and collective bargaining efforts. UNITE HERE represents workers at the Ruprecht Co., based in Mundelein, Ill. Watch the video to see what's been happening to working people at the company.

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We Rise: Building Immigrant Working People Power

We Rise: Building Immigrant Working People Power

A year ago the president announced a series of executive actions on immigration. Today is a fitting time to honor those who compelled him to act.

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Trumka: Despite Legal Setback on Immigration Relief, Working People Keep Up Fight for Stronger Protections

Trumka: Despite Legal Setback on Immigration Relief, Working People Keep Up Fight for Stronger Protections

In response to the decision of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Texas v. U.S., AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement.

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Trumka: Failure of the ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Bill in Senate a Win for America’s Communities

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to the failure of the “Sanctuary Cities” bill in the U.S. Senate.

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100 Women, 100 Miles, One Voice

100 Women, 100 Miles, One Voice

One hundred immigrant women are walking 100 miles to welcome Pope Francis and remind the whole world of the importance of immigrant work, and working people in the labor movement will join them. On Saturday, Sept. 19, Neidi Dominguez, director of Worker Centers and assistant director for Community Change at the AFL-CIO, and María Elena Durazo, vice president of Immigration, Civil Rights and Diversity at UNITE HERE, will join these courageous women to speak out against immigrant families being separated as a result of the broken immigration system in the United States. The labor movement is proud to join the women in their fight against wage theft, gender discrimination and sexual harassment on the job. As we await the historic arrival of Pope Francis, we join activists from across the country to give him a warm welcome and uplift the voices of the immigrant women who help make this country better every day.

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Why Would 100 Women Walk 100 Miles? They Were Inspired by the Pope

Leaving today from the York County Detention Center in Pennsylvania, 100 women are starting on a 100-mile pilgrimage to share their stories of migration. The women were inspired by Pope Francis' call for dignity for migrants and urge for parishes and countries to open their doors to refugees. The women will walk about 15 miles a day and will arrive in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 22, the same day the pope arrives for a U.S. visit.

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