AFT On Campus
Out of the shadows
The AFT works to ensure a road map to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.
On an unseasonably hot spring day in Washington, D.C., tens of thousands of immigration rights supporters filled half of the National Mall on the west side of the U.S. Capitol building to join the Rally for Citizenship. The date, April 10, had significance for the immigration reform movement because on that day seven years ago, immigration rights advocates in 70 cities showed their muscle by rising up to successfully oppose anti-immigrant legislation in Congress.
This year, the stakes are even higher because an immigration reform bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate as AFT On Campus went to press.
For the first time in more than 20 years, immigration rights supporters gathered not to oppose a draconian anti-immigrant or anti-labor law but to call for construction of a new path forward. The rally attracted supporters from across the country advocating for a road map to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans, and the crowd could sense that a victory—“la victoria!”—was within sight.
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