The Nevada union movement and national labor leaders held a rally and press conference in Las Vegas yesterday to kick off the national union campaign to help pass comprehensive immigration reform that protects immigrant and American workers. Nearly 1,000 Nevadans attended the event.
Immigrant union workers and young aspiring Americans from DREAM Big Vegas shared their experiences and spoke to why Congress must pass comprehensive immigration reform. Maria Elena Durazo, chair of the AFL-CIO's Immigration Committee and the executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, spoke about the union movement's immigration campaign on a national level.
Durazo was quoted in the Las Vegas Sun:
“(Immigration reform) is a national priority for the labor movement,” Maria Elena Durazo, secretary-treasurer of Los Angeles County Labor Federation, told union members gathered Monday at the Cashman Center. “And today is the second city in the launch of 14 cities—from Raleigh, N.C., to Denver, Colo., Anaheim, Calif., to New York City, Miami. We are going on and on, and we are going on the road to show that labor supports immigrants in this country.”
Nevada State AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer Danny Thompson announced the launch of a local campaign to call on Nevada’s congressional leaders to support commonsense immigration reform that includes a practical and inclusive road map to citizenship and reflects core American values such as fairness, equality and family unity.
Learn more about the union movement's shared principles for immigration reform.