Yesterday, President Donald Trump moved to take away work authorization from nearly 800,000 young immigrants and to terminate DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program put in place to protect immigrants who came to the United States as children.

The AFL-CIO opposes the move. “The labor movement will stand with these brave young workers and fight for legislation so the contributions they make are celebrated, not assaulted,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Immigrants Belong in Unions

America’s labor movement is a natural home for new immigrants who wish to work hard for economic security and social justice.

The AFL-CIO is united in a powerful movement to build an immigration system that represents the needs and interests of all working people.

We can stop the race to the bottom in wages and standards by standing together, all of us, regardless of what we look like, who we love, how we worship or where we were born.

Every person who needs a paycheck to live suffers when millions of people who are American in every way but on paper live and work in fear of arrest and deportation.

Real immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship is a critical piece of our working family agenda to raise pay, lift labor standards and empower workers.