Americans know that our strength has always been built on the simple notion that America is a place where many become one. The AFT, as the representative of those who teach and care for our next generation, is working to open the path to opportunity and the American dream for the next generation of immigrants and citizens. The time for commonsense, comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform is long overdue. -Randi Weingarten
AFT Stands Firm On Its Commitment for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The time for Congress to pass commonsense immigration reform is Now! From the students who have never known a home beyond the United States to the teachers who want all their students to have equal opportunities, our broken immigration system is a huge obstacle for AFT members, students and the families they serve. That's why the AFT is working to reclaim the promise for all who make America home - regardless of where they were born.Watch the Video
- AFT Principals on Common Sense Immigration Reform
- AFT Principals on Common Sense Immigration Reform (in Spanish)
- Teacher Recruitment and Migration
- DREAM Act
- AFL-CIO Framework on Immigration
- Key Issues for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
The White House has released a new report outlining the benefits to the U.S. economy that would result from signing the Senate bill into law.
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America is the place where many become one.
The AFT remains committed to working with community, labor, faith based networks, students and parents - together with one voice, to pass fundamental immigration reform that encompasses and reflects our shared values of dignity, fairness, opportunity, voice and justice for all. We know that when everyone works together, our children, youth and families reap the benefits.
News and Press
- AFT letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee
- AFT President Says Immigration Reform Must Address Recruiting Abuses
- A Great Opportunity for the Land of Opportunity by Randi Weingarten
- A Great Opportunity for the Land of Opportunity by Randi Weingarten in Spanish
- AFT Letter sent to U.S. Senate in support of S. 744 Immigration bill
Gaby's parents brought her to this country from Ecuador when she was 7. Gaby was the highest ranked Jr R.O.T.C. student in her high school, and she received the highest score on the military’s aptitude test but was unable to enlist because she did not have legal status. Gaby is one of four students who walked all the way from Miami, FL. to Washington, D.C. to build support for the DREAM Act.
Minchul Suk was brought to the U.S. from South Korea by his parents in 1991 when he was 9. He graduated from high school with a 4.2 GPA and graduated from UCLA with a degree in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. He has passed the national boards and licensing exams but cannot obtain a dental license because he is undocumented.
Benita was brought to the U.S. from Mexico by her parents in 1993, when she was 8. Graduating as the valedictorian of her high school class at the age of 16, she received a full scholarship to St. Mary's University, where she graduated from the Honors program with a double major in biology and sociology.
Julieta Garibay was brought to the United States in 1992, when she was 11. Julieta graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and earned a master’s degree in public health nursing. Julieta has been a Registered Nurse since 2004, but she is undocumented, so she cannot work legally in America.