Georgia's working families, including the Georgia AFL-CIO and the Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council, joined several lawmakers at the state Capitol today to present a resolution that supports a pathway to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans.
State Sen. Nan Orrock (D) said:
The state has done it wrong....The point of today is to call on our congressional delegation from Georgia to do the right thing, to get on the right side, and help promote comprehensive immigration reform. The message is that immigrants are the new Americans, are part of the backbone of our workforce.
Charlie Flemming, president of the Georgia AFL-CIO, said:
The Georgia AFL-CIO and its affiliates are proud to stand with our immigration advocates and community partners to announce our support for comprehensive immigration reform. Georgia has faced many obstacles from the Georgia State Legislature and we are glad to see our federal lawmakers working on a solution. A road map to citizenship will help Georgia's families stay together and create equality in the workplace. The Georgia AFL-CIO will work tirelessly to see that comprehensive immigration reform is passed on the federal level."
State Sen. Vincent Fort (D) reiterated that creating a common-sense immigration process is vital for all aspiring Americans, not just DREAMers.
There are some who say that immigration reform ought to be confined to the DREAM children. While we agree that the DREAM children should be included in the reform, we also believe that the other undocumented migrants have their own American dream and are deserving of comprehensive immigration reform....Lastly, the AFL-CIO’s engagement in this is critical. It is a watershed moment in the history of American labor and the AFL-CIO should be commended for their leadership on this issue.
Learn more about the union movement's shared principles for immigration reform.