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Labor Leaders Announce National Mobilization Campaign for Immigration Reform

Trumka and Durazo discuss AFL-CIO commitment to common-sense Immigration Reform and campaign launch events in cities to mobilize working families.


Washington, DC – February 7th – Comprehensive immigration reform with a road map to citizenship is essential to all of America’s workers, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a telephone press conference today, as he an Maria Elena Durazo, chair of the AFL-CIO’s immigration Committee announced the labor movement’s campaign for a common-sense immigration process.

“We’re here today because we believe in a nation that values people’s work, their communities and their families,” Trumka said.  “We believe that in order to create shared prosperity and a voice for all, we must address our immigration process. This is a top priority for America’s unions because a roadmap to citizenship for those who are American in every way except on paper is critical for all working people. Workers without the protections of citizenship are subject to enormous abuse by employers. That’s why the labor movement has been working with day laborers and domestic workers for years. We understand that solidarity means standing together with predominantly immigrant workforces to improve wages and workplace safety.”

Durazo said the campaign will be launched with events in 14 cities across the country.  The first event took place yesterday in Raleigh, North Carolina and next is an event in Las Vegas on Tuesday where more than a thousand working people will rally for immigration reform.   

Trumka and Durazo said the AFL-CIO will deploy the labor movement’s political and grassroots infrastructure and the same system that has been used to elect and re-elect Barack Obama to engage working families nationwide to pass immigration reform. 

“Remember how labor helped pass health care reform? How we helped elect and re-elect President Obama? That’s how we will help pass sensible, humane immigration reform with citizenship for the 11 million,” said Durazo.

The Labor Movement’s blueprint for immigration reform consists of five major interconnected pieces:

  1. An independent commission to assess and manage future flows, based on labor market shortages that are determined on the basis of actual need;
  2. A secure and effective worker authorization mechanism;
  3. Rational operational control of the border;
  4. Adjustment of status for current undocumented population; and
  5. Improvement, not expansion of temporary worker programs, limited to temporary seasonal not permanent jobs.

LAUNCH CAMPAIGN EVENTS - Most updated list of cities:

  • Raleigh, - NC 2/6
  • Las Vegas, NV – 2/11
  • Atlanta, GA – 2/14
  • Denver, CO – 2/15
  • Seattle, WA – 2/18
  • Portland, OR – 2/19
  • Anaheim, CA – 2/20
  • San Francisco, CA – 2/25
  • Miami, FL – 2/28
  • Houston, TX – 2/28
  • St. Paul, MN – 3/6, 3/12 or 3/13 

Phoenix, AZ – 3/11


No date set yet but there will be events: Chicago & New York City

A recording of Thursday’s telephone press conference is available until 1pm EST, February 8th, for interested parties who were unable to participate. Telephone: (USA) (800) 475-6701, (International) (320) 365-3844, Access Code: 281569

Contact: Jeff Hauser (202) 637-5018

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