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AFT On Campus
May/June 2013


Feature Story
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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About AFT On Campus

AFT On Campus is the newspaper of AFT’s higher education division. It covers issues of interest to full-time and part-time faculty and academic staff at colleges and universities, as well as topics such as the academic staffing crisis, academic freedom, funding, federal legislation, and the advocacy and professional work of members. AFT On Campus is published five times a year and is mailed to all higher education members of the AFT as a benefit of membership. Single copies are free on request. Questions, comments and inquiries about AFT On Campus should be sent to its managing editor Barbara McKenna.  
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