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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 call upon him to act immediately to protect our American work standards. Employers must no longer be able to use the threat of deportation as a weapon to keep workers from asserting their rights or enforcing standards on the job. 


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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Charlie Fanning
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After nearly nine years of waiting, two immigrant workers who suffered serious workplace injuries were able to bring their cases to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)—an international body that promotes and protects human rights in the Americas. However, because of dysfunctional U.S. immigration policies the workers could not be in the room. In fact, both of them faced deportation threats after seeking workers’ compensation after their accidents. Now they are challenging the U.S. government's failure to protect their rights from their homes in Mexico, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Employment Law Project and the University of Pennsylvania's Transnational Legal Clinic.

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