For Immediate Release
Monday, January 28, 2013
AFSCME President Lee Saunders and Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes on Senate Framework for Comprehensive Immigration ReformWashington, DC —
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders and Sec.-Treas. Laura Reyes issued the following statement on the Senate framework for comprehensive Immigration Reform:
“Our union is heartened by the release of a bipartisan framework from eight United States Senators for comprehensive immigration reform. While many important policies and details remain to be debated, the framework release is an important first step in Congress moving forward on fixing our broken immigration system.
“AFSCME strongly supports a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. and commends the group of Senators for including this policy as one of its four basic legislative pillars. These immigrants who call America home came to our country in search of freedom and opportunity and are working hard to achieve the American dream.
“Immigrant rights are worker rights. As the Congress moves forward on comprehensive immigration reform, AFSCME will be advocating for a bill that protects the jobs and job opportunities of all workers in our country.
“AFSCME is looking forward to working with Congress and the President in the weeks and months to come to craft immigration reform legislation that makes it possible for everyone to share in all of the rights and responsibilities that make us Americans.”