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All working people benefit from an immigration system with a roadmap to citizenship. We make the most progress when we organize all workers, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, nationality or immigration status.  

But our broken immigration system exposes immigrant workers to exploitation. Millions of aspiring Americans struggle to support their families on poverty wages, sometimes in inadequate or unsafe working conditions. In fact, immigrant workers face the highest rates of wage theft, sexual harassment, and death and injury on the job, and many suffer in silence for fear of deportation or employer retaliation.

When a segment of our society suffers, we all suffer. The labor movement is committed to reforming our country’s broken immigration system. A rational and humane immigration system will build a more just society and will protect all working people, regardless of immigration status, from substandard wages and working conditions.

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AFL-CIO Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling on DAPA/DACA Case

Jackie Tortora

After hearing the ruling on the United States v. Texas, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following remarks:

Today's Supreme Court ruling is a setback for all those who have fought for more humane and rational enforcement of our nation's immigration laws. While we are deeply disappointed by the court's failure to reach a decision, we will redouble our organizing efforts to defeat the obstructionist, anti-immigrant forces behind this lawsuit and ensure that all working people can assert their rights on the job and in the community without fear of deportation.

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