The North Carolina State AFL-CIO joined with immigrant workers and advocates, the civil rights community and local community organizations to reaffirm its support for comprehensive immigration reform that protects America's workers, including aspiring citizens. Secretary-Treasurer MaryBe McMillan of the North Carolina federation announced the adoption of a resolution by the state and local AFL-CIO, which calls on Congress to pass 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.
“This morning we stand here together to say that immigrant workers have suffered long enough,” said McMillan. “It is time for the labor movement to do the right thing, to organize and fight back, because when we allow one group of workers to be exploited, all workers suffer.”
The resolution acknowledges that “more than 11 million immigrant aspiring citizens contribute to our communities” and argues that our “democracy cannot function unless all men and women, regardless of their skin color or where they were born, can participate meaningfully in the political process with full rights and equal protections.”
During the press event, the kickoff to the AFL-CIO’s national campaign for comprehensive immigration reform, working families pledged to continue building the strong coalition needed—including civil rights, human rights and immigrant rights organizations—to promote citizenship and end exploitation. That effort includes a campaign to lobby Sens. Richard Burr (R) and Kay Hagan (D) to advance the cause of immigration reform, already under way in the U.S. Senate, and to encourage U.S. representatives to do the same.
Read more about this event from the North Carolina State AFL-CIO and the labor movement's blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform.