Hundreds of activists representing working families rallied in Chicago on Thursday in support of commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship. The event was held by the Chicago Federation of Labor, Instituto del Progreso Latino and the AFL-CIO.
Jorge Ramirez, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, explained the importance of immigration reform:
From hotel workers to custodians to painters and carpenters, we are here today with our allies in the community because we share a common belief that all workers should be treated with fairness, dignity and respect;
...That all workers should have rights and protections to speak out against injustice and unsafe working conditions;
...That all workers should have the ability to stand up together for better wages, health care and fair treatment on the job;
...And that all workers should be able to do so without fear of retaliation or retribution.
These are human rights that every working man and woman should enjoy, regardless of their status.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka echoed Ramirez:
Now is the time for real immigration reform and I’m here to demand that this reform include...it must include...a workable and clear and practical road map to citizenship for every aspiring citizen in America.
Supporters of reform that includes a path to citizenship can sign the AFL-CIO's petition .
Learn more about the union movement's shared principles for immigration reform .