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Central American Children Deserve Due Process

Central American Children Deserve Due Process

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy.

That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too.

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The Labor Movement Never Stands by When Workers Are Mistreated, Says Trumka

The Labor Movement Never Stands by When Workers Are Mistreated, Says Trumka

When AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka thinks about immigration, he thinks about boats. "I think about boats coming to America long ago, filled with hopeful workers in search of a better life," wrote Trumka in a message to working families supporters. 

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AFL-CIO Hosts Successful Citizenship Event

Photo by Gonzalo Salvador

This weekend, 58 legal residents took the next step in becoming American citizens with the help of volunteers at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C. A total of 49 DREAMers, who came to the United States as children, also attended to receive help filling out paperwork for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy and renewals under the program.

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On Immigration Reform, Republicans Don’t Heed Call of Their Better Angels

On Immigration Reform, Republicans Don’t Heed Call of Their Better Angels

America’s greatest moments have come when we summon our better angels, when our messy democracy produces a shared vision for the next chapter in the American story.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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The Hill: We Need Comprehensive Immigration Reform Now

This city is abuzz over the politics of immigration, with excited, occasionally valid speculation swirling about Eric Cantor, calendars, last-minute deals and the like.

That’s what Washington does. That’s OK. This newspaper and more than a few Twitter accounts probably wouldn’t exist without it. But amid the frenzy, and as prospects for anything legislative teeter on the edge, it’s vital to remember the issue itself, and why it is so important, now and in the future.

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Bishops to Offer Capitol Hill Mass for Immigrant Families—Watch It Live

On Thursday morning in a Capitol Hill church, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration will celebrate a Mass for immigrants and their families who are being subjected to separation because of our broken immigration system. Later, they will urge House lawmakers to act on immigration reform legislation.

 

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What We're Reading Today: Wednesday News Roundup

What We're Reading Today: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families' news we're reading today (after the jump.)

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A 90-by-60-Foot Light Display on the Side of Our Building Makes a Pretty Big Statement on Deportations

A 90-by-60-Foot Light Display on the Side of Our Building Makes a Pretty Big Statement on Deportations

On the eve of May Day, the AFL-CIO joined the #Not1More deportation hunger strikers at our headquarters to lift up the plight of immigrant families who are being torn apart from each other. 

Check out the statement we made on the front of our building, after the jump, and watch a video of the program here.  

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How Will You Celebrate May Day?

How Will You Celebrate May Day?

On International Workers' Day, also known as May Day, working families are standing up across the United States, demanding action be taken on senseless deportations that hurt workers, families and communities. 

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