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In Immigration, ‘Splitting the Difference’ Creates Permanent Second-Class Workers

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In the current debate over immigration reform in the United States, “some suggest that we take the easy road and 'split the difference' among proposals for reform from lawmakers—to choose political expediency and legalize immigrants without offering any chance for them to earn citizenship,” writes AFL-CIO Director of Immigration and Community Action Ana Avendaño, in a column in The Guardian today.

That's wrong. That's the road to an America of permanent second-class workers, and it's a violation of our basic values. All men and women are created equal, regardless of where they were born.

She writes that something “absolutely must be done to address the crisis facing more than 11 million immigrants who call this country home.”

And America's labor movement believes that lawmakers need to make a road map to citizenship a priority.

Read the full column.

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