The Obama administration should suspend deportations of aspiring citizens who would be eligible for a pathway to citizenship under a commonsense immigration reform bill that is under consideration in the U.S. Senate, a group of labor—including the AFL-CIO—Latino and other immigration reform advocates told the White House earlier this week.
Thomas A. Saenz, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), said:
It’s a simple matter of fairness and justice. It makes no sense to deport those who would be eligible for that relief.
Last month, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called it a “crisis” when DREAMers are “needlessly” separated from their parents by deportation or when employers can cause the deportation of employees for attempting to come together and gain a collective voice on the job. Along with the AFL-CIO and MALDEF, National Day Laborer Organizing Network and United We Dream joined the call for an end to deportations.