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Working Families Call for House Republicans to Act...
AFL-CIO ^ | 7/01/2014 | Kenneth Quinnel

Posted on 07/01/2014 5:10:26 PM PDT by mdittmar

A year ago, the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill that would address many of the flaws with the country's broken immigration system, but House Republican leaders have done just about everything in their power to stall the bill, and it hasn't even come to a vote. Today, the AFL-CIO and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) hosted an event to highlight the tragic impact the ongoing deportation crisis has had on workers and families.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said that the labor movement has a two-pronged immigration agenda: 1. To convince Republican leaders to immediately schedule a vote on H.R. 15, the House version of the bipartisan Senate immigration bill, and 2. To urge the executive branch to provide all those who would qualify for citizenship under the bipartisan Senate bill affirmative status with work authorization. 

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) detailed the numerous stories of the alleged abuse of immigrant workers in a report called Detention, Deportation and Devastation: The Disproportionate Effect of Deportations on the Latino Community, which concluded:

No community has felt a larger impact as a result of the prevailing immigration enforcement policies than Latinos. In 2013, 96.7 percent, or 356,303, of all deportations were of Latino descent....The overrepresentation of Latinos in deportations is not simply a byproduct of the large undocumented Latino population, but also a direct result of discriminatory policies at the federal, state and local level.

In association with today's event, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement:

John Boehner has acknowledged that the Republican House of Representatives will not hold a vote on the bipartisan Senate immigration bill. Responsibility for the historic failure to enact comprehensive immigration reform lies squarely, completely and embarrassingly at the feet of the Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The president is right to bypass House Republicans and meet the enormity of this moment. The administration has unquestionable legal authority to provide all those who would qualify for citizenship under the bipartisan Senate Bill affirmative status with work authorization while making immigration enforcement more just, as laid out in our policy statement. The administration should act boldly and without further delay.

The AFL-CIO is running newspaper ads, calling out House GOP leadership for blocking meaningful action. "The abdication of responsibility by Republicans on immigration is unfortunately one for the history books," wrote AFL-CIO spokesman Jeff Hauser in an email to Politico. "After spending more than a year pushing for a simple up or down vote on the Senate bill, the labor movement wants to make sure the constituents of the GOP leadership understand with complete clarity who is to blame for failing to fix our broken immigration system." Check out the ads for the Enquirer: http://bit.ly/1pE8igF; the Californian: http://bit.ly/1mMMPyE; La Opinion: http://bit.ly/1pE8lcj; and El Popular: http://bit.ly/1qJGzrP.

The AFL-CIO made four key recommendations in the policy statement:

  1. [The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)] should grant affirmative relief with work authorization to individuals who are low priorities for removal or eligible for prosecutorial discretion under existing DHS policies.

  2. DHS should reassert the primary role of the federal government in determining and implementing enforcement priorities by ending programs that effectively delegate those responsibilities to state and local law enforcement.

  3. DHS should reform the enforcement and removal system to stop criminalizing immigrant communities and ensure that individuals who are low priorities for removal or eligible for prosecutorial discretion are not removed.

  4. DHS should revise its internal operating instructions regarding enforcement of immigration laws in the workplace to ensure that such enforcement actions do not interfere with workers’ rights.

Read each of the recommendations in detail.

Some of the key tweets from today's event:

RT @NCLR: Murguia: The Republicans may have given up on a permanent solution, but we will never give up on finding one.— Janet Murguía (@JMurguia_NCLR) July 1, 2014

"Reject the tranquilizing drug of gradualism" - @ThomasASaenz invokes MLK Jr. to emphasize importance of #CIR— LCLAA (@LCLAA) July 1, 2014

Leaders of "family values" (ie Boehner et al) have sat by as families are ripped apart - MALDEF's Thomas Saenz— Michael Wasser (@JWJMichael) July 1, 2014

Female Farmworker shares her story of sexual abuse on the job at age of 15 in NY,OH,FL— Andrea Zuniga (@andiezd) July 1, 2014

RT @LCLAA @Hesanche "We have become addicted to cheap,disposable,exploitable labor.Who benefits from having 11 million workers w/ no voice?"— NHLA (@NHLAgenda) July 1, 2014

RT @andiezd: "House republican leadership has embarrassed itself before history" @RichardTrumka #Failed2Act— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) July 1, 2014

Reality is that if a construction worker's paycheck doesn't include OT he takes a major risk to stand up and report #TimeIsNow @AFLCIO— Natalie Patrick-Knox (@NataliePK) July 1, 2014

"We will continue to educate our members and the general public on the effects of a broken immigration system" - @RichardTrumka— LCLAA (@LCLAA) July 1, 2014

An immigrant @Tefere_Gebre closes event w/ "we (immigrants) love this country, it's time for our country to love us back"— Andrea Zuniga (@andiezd) July 1, 2014

In addition to the AFL-CIO and LCLAA, other organizations participating in today's event included: the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, the National Council of La Raza, MALDEF, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and Laborers (LIUNA) Local 55.


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The unions must be bleeding members big time.

No union dues being paid,no payola to democrats.

The whole system could collapse;)

1 posted on 07/01/2014 5:10:26 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Working families my ass. These are the same idiots who thought they could prevent RTW in Michigan.


2 posted on 07/01/2014 5:13:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: mdittmar

Earth to “working families”: That is Congress you are giving orders to, the elected representatives of the people.


3 posted on 07/01/2014 5:15:59 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: mdittmar

That is ok, the unions are about to get tons of new sign-ups from south-of-the-border. The union halls will again be packed and every one of them voting the D ticket. Win/Win for the socialists, the dems, and all the other evil enterprises.


4 posted on 07/01/2014 5:17:20 PM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: mdittmar

I rise in support of unlimited immigration. As each person crosses the border, he/she will be issued a voter registration form marked REPUBLICAN!


5 posted on 07/01/2014 5:22:38 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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The Unions are nothing more than a branch of the Democrat Party and they lies to the American routinely. If you belong to a Union you have no personal say on what politicians get donations. Their leaders are tied hand in hand to the Democrat Party and funnel money for every liberal cause.
On top of that they promote lies like the ones about the Hobby Lobby Case.Hobby Lobby did and still provides contraception to its members they are just against the abortion type pills and if you want those you can by them reasonably . On top of this I will bet not one women in a hundred know the side and after affects of these pills and you will not hear about it from Unions or Liberal Women Organization.
They talk about Womens Rights,lets talk about responsibilities of women and not the government!
6 posted on 07/01/2014 5:22:56 PM PDT by El Zoro
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Working families have spoken, time and time again at the ballot box, that they have no need of a large illegal population, that they have no interest in a large wave of barely legals.... Yet again, the unions are looking to ONLY validate the illegal actions of others, not increase immigration quotas.

Working families don't want this, don't need this, and need to take the same actions as those in Murrieta today and stand up.

7 posted on 07/01/2014 5:23:57 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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“Active socialists call for House republicans...”

I like my headline better.


8 posted on 07/01/2014 5:26:04 PM PDT by stockpirate (This is stop when conservatives take to the streets, not before.)
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To: mdittmar

The only “flaw” in our immigration system is no fence, no guards, and no minefields to protect the border from invaders.


9 posted on 07/01/2014 5:27:10 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyranni)
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“tragic impact”. What’s tragic is what they are doing to America.


10 posted on 07/01/2014 5:28:25 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: mdittmar

The problem with any immigration legislation (or ANY legislation, for that matter), is that Obama would enforce the parts of it he liked, and ignore the parts he doesn’t. Impeachment, was, is, and always will be the only solution to this problem.


11 posted on 07/01/2014 5:36:03 PM PDT by fhayek
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and boner and the gop-e won’t stop it. won’t defund it. won’t put law changes in other bills to deactivate it.


12 posted on 07/01/2014 5:36:05 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: mdittmar
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was all hot for their King. They pulled every communists democrat type of trick to keep their King Obama and the socialistic democrats in power. Now the crap has hit them in the arssss. Screw the union.

By way, miss Romney yet. You Romney haters got what you wished for. All hail your King, King Obama the communists black Muslim Terrorists.

13 posted on 07/01/2014 5:37:19 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: cripplecreek

Working illegally with forged/stolen documents.


14 posted on 07/01/2014 5:40:10 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Logical me
By way, miss Romney yet. You Romney haters got what you wished for. All hail your King, King Obama the communists black Muslim Terrorists.

Why should anyone miss the failure? Are we supposed to miss McCain and Dole too?
15 posted on 07/01/2014 5:42:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: kingu

“Working families have spoken, time and time again at the ballot box, that they have no need of a large illegal population,”

The Rats and RINOs have solution to this. They want to give them all amnesty.


16 posted on 07/01/2014 5:43:24 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: mdittmar

The labor unions, hand in hand w US Chamber of Communists, statists, globalists, free traders, and both main parties, to economically destroy America


17 posted on 07/01/2014 5:43:24 PM PDT by DisorderOnBorder (Hollywood...Washington DC for pretty people)
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To: mdittmar

“Working families” = lazy ass people who want something for nothing.


18 posted on 07/01/2014 5:55:39 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: mdittmar

“The whole system could collapse.”

Or tip over and capsize, like Guam.


19 posted on 07/01/2014 5:58:19 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
The Rats and RINOs Rats have solution to this. They want to give them all amnesty.

Sorry, you misspelled Rats the second time.

20 posted on 07/01/2014 6:34:02 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: kaehurowing

“Working Families” don’t work. They collect goodies on the dole.


21 posted on 07/01/2014 6:47:52 PM PDT by dancusa (Molon Labe)
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To: mdittmar

Why on earth are rank and file union members electing leaders who are doing their damnedest to collude with the U.S. Chamber of Congress to flood our nation with cheap labor which puts massive downward pressure on wages for all, including union members?


22 posted on 07/01/2014 7:10:44 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Logical me
By way, miss Romney yet.

Romney who???

23 posted on 07/01/2014 7:11:10 PM PDT by Iscool
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