Despite parliamentarian’s decision, senators should fight to include pathway to citizenship for as many immigrants as possible
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept 20, 2021) — Today is a National Day of Action on Immigration to call on U.S. senators to support a path to citizenship for the broadest segment of undocumented workers as possible, as well as to support the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and the American Jobs Plan.
The Senate parliamentarian just advised that a sweeping immigration reform proposal could not be included in the budget reconciliation plan, which allows Democrats to leverage their slim Senate majority to overcome Republican opposition. But advocates for undocumented immigrants, including the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), are still pushing to include the issue in the budget plan and will offer alternate ideas to the parliamentarian for creating a pathway to citizenship for as many immigrants as possible.
TAKE A STAND — Please join LCLAA in today’s day of action by calling 833-770-1697 to connect with your U.S. senators and leave a message in support of immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship for the broadest possible number of immigrants in the Build Back Better budget reconciliation package.
The people who stand to gain a path to citizenship from this bill are an integral part of our nation’s workforce, and many of them helped keep our communities running during the height of the pandemic — even when it meant putting their safety on the line. These workers deserve to be treated with dignity and benefit from the full protection of our labor and employment laws. Despite having built their lives in the U.S., undocumented workers are often denied basic labor rights as a result of their immigration status. They also face fear of deportation if they wish to organize and protect their rights. This injustice cannot continue.
Immigration reform is an integral part of the fight for good union jobs with rights, along with the PRO Act and the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan.
Make the call today at 833-770-1697 and urge support for a support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
— the thicc husband & father (@lukeisamazing) September 20, 2021
The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families. LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers’ rights and their influence in the political process. LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the Change to Win Federation, independent unions and all its membership. Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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