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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

AFSCME’s Saunders and Reyes: “Comprehensive Immigration Reform Is Now a Real Possibility”

Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders and Sec.-Treas. Laura Reyes on President Obama’s immigration reform speech

Washington, DC — 

“We applaud President Obama. Due to his leadership and the framework released yesterday by a bipartisan group of senators, comprehensive immigration reform is now a real possibility. 

“Immigrant rights are worker rights, and AFSCME will be on the frontlines of the march toward comprehensive immigration reform. We know that real reform will bring a fair path to citizenship and protection of jobs and job opportunities for all workers in our country.

“It is time for hard-working immigrants and their children to be able to stop living in fear of deportation. They came to this country in search of freedom and opportunity and have already contributed to our economy and social fabric.  When they are able to come out of the shadows, they will be able to reach their full potential, which will benefit all of us.

“AFSCME will do whatever it takes to ensure that a comprehensive and common sense plan is enacted into law so that we can all come together and share all of the rights and responsibilities that make us Americans.”