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For far too long, our broken immigration system has allowed employers to drive down wages and working conditions in our country.  The brunt of the impact has been born by immigrant workers, who face the highest rates of wage theft, sexual harassment, and death and injury on the job.  But our entire workforce suffers when we allow standards to erode as millions of workers struggle to support their families without the status to assert their rights.

Fixing our broken system in a way that is consistent with labor’s framework for comprehensive immigration reform will remain a core priority of the AFL-CIO, despite disgraceful setbacks in federal legislative efforts.

In the meantime, the president has clear legal authority to grant temporary relief to a broad class of workers, and we applaud his recent executive actions that will allow millions of people to live and work without fear. This is an important step toward rational and humane enforcement of our immigration laws, and will help prevent employers from using the threat of deportation as a weapon to keep workers from asserting their rights or enforcing standards on the job. 


Statement on the Steinle family tragedy, racism and the scapegoating of immigrants
After Decimating U.S. Manufacturing, Wal-Mart Takes Aim at the Information Technology Sector

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Immigration Accountability Executive Action
Declaración del Presidente Richard Trumka de la AFL-CIO sobre la revisiónde deportaciones de la Casa Blanca
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders’ Statement on President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration
AFT’s Weingarten: Obama’s Action Reunites Families, Brings Workers Out of the Shadows
CWA Statement on the President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action
IFPTE Responds to Obama Administration Immigration Plan
LCLAA Welcomes President Obama’s Administrative Relief Announcement
LiUNA: Pres. Obama Immigration Order Some Relief
UAW Statement on Immigration Reform
USW Lauds Action Proposed by President Obama to Mend Immigration System

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This week marks the three-year anniversary of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an important time to mark the contributions of DACAmented workers to our communities and our economyDACA has allowed hundreds of thousands of aspiring Americans and union members to live and work without fear in the United States. In the face of a highly political legal injunction of the new deferred action program for parents and the expansion of DACA, the labor movement reiterates unwavering support for the expansion of these much-needed deferred action programs and calls upon the administration to further exercise its discretion by providing relief and work authorization to undocumented workers brave enough to raise concerns about unsafe conditions, unpaid wages and abusive treatment.

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