Press Release

AFT Statement on President Obama’s Call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

For Release: 

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Kate Childs Graham
202/393-6354; cell 202/615-2424

WASHINGTON— Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on President Barack Obama's call for comprehensive immigration reform:

"A month ago, I sat in a jail cell with more than 200 faith leaders, students, community activists, labor leaders and members of Congress. Together, we were taking a stand for the urgent need to pass commonsense and compassionate immigration reform.

"Immigration is a part of America's DNA. Now is the time for the House to stop playing politics with the lives of families who have worked hard to make America their home. Our broken immigration system is a sizable obstacle for millions of students and families, and AFT members recognize their hardship as our nation waits for the House to act.

"By dismantling the shadow economy that drives down wages for all workers, immigration reform will strengthen our economy. We stand with President Obama, committed to immigration legislation that will end the oppression, degradation and tragic separation of immigrant families and will provide a road map to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States."

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.