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Appeals Court Upholds Injunction Against Obama’s Immigration Executive Action

May Day rally in Washington, D.C., 2013

A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied the Justice Department's appeal of a federal district judge's February decision that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's November executive action on immigration. The court’s ruling threatens immigration relief for as many as 4 million people. Today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement (read after the jump).

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DREAMers Tell Their Stories

DREAMers Tell Their Stories

DREAMers Gabriela Pacheco, Jose Machado and Hareth Andrade appeared on the Fusion network show "America with Jorge Ramos" to tell their personal stories and the stories of their families. The stories are powerful, from Andrade being separated from her parents for four years beginning when she was eight, to Pacheco having to fight each year to make sure her family can stay in the United States.

Watch the video after the jump.

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DREAMer Wakes Up in Video

A new video of the world-wide hit “Wake Me Up,” by Swedish DJ Avicii and Aloe Blacc, features DREAMer Hareth Andrade-Ayala, who arrived in America when her father Mario came to the United States in 2004 seeking a brighter future for his family.

But now after nearly a decade of hard work supporting his family, including Andrade-Ayala and two other younger sisters, her father faces deportation. Andrade-Ayala, 20 years old, told her family’s story at the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention.   

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Follow the DREAMers to Humane Immigration Reform

Photo via the United We Dream Facebook page.

Change and innovation comes not from the status quo, but from disruption. It takes a disruption in our everyday lives to stop us in our tracks, make us reflect and decide to make a change. This idea of cognitive disruption comes from Brazilian scholar Sebastiao Ferreira. The recent wave of courageous acts of nonviolence for immigrant rights proves this true--particularly the win just this week by the DREAM Nine immigrant youth leaders. 

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In the Immigration Debate, Why Does Citizenship Matter?

DREAMer activist Gaby Pacheco.

In the immigration debate, why does citizenship matter?

That was the theme of a series of panels hosted by AFL-CIO at the headquarters today in Washington, D.C. The answers were varied, but took two main directions. The first answer is the concrete benefits that immigration provides, both to the immigrant and to the community they move to and work in. The second is the moral dimension that accompanies the efforts of people seeking work so they can improve the lives of themselves and their families, particularly in a current system that allows for them to be exploited.

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Will House Block Road Map to Citizenship?

United We Dream illustration

Today in several state capitals and Wednesday afternoon on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., immigration advocates, working families, civil rights and faith activists will urge Republican House members to allow a vote on the recently passed Senate immigration reform bill that includes a road map to citizenship.

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