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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. 


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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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100 Women, 100 Miles, One Voice

Neidi Dominguez and María Elena Durazo
100 Women, 100 Miles, One Voice

One hundred immigrant women are walking 100 miles to welcome Pope Francis and remind the whole world of the importance of immigrant work, and working people in the labor movement will join them. On Saturday, Sept. 19, Neidi Dominguez, director of Worker Centers and assistant director for Community Change at the AFL-CIO, and María Elena Durazo, vice president of Immigration, Civil Rights and Diversity at UNITE HERE, will join these courageous women to speak out against immigrant families being separated as a result of the broken immigration system in the United States. The labor movement is proud to join the women in their fight against wage theft, gender discrimination and sexual harassment on the job. As we await the historic arrival of Pope Francis, we join activists from across the country to give him a warm welcome and uplift the voices of the immigrant women who help make this country better every day.

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