LCLAA ENCOURAGED BIPARTISAN IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL CLEARS U.S. SENATE
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), which represents the interests of over 2 million Latino/a trade unionists throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, issued the following statement on the historic passage of the Immigration Reform Bill S. 744 in the U.S. Senate.
“This is an important and critical first step in fixing our broken immigration system,” said President of LCLAA, Milton Rosado . “For too long Congress has ignored our outdated immigration policies and stood on the sideline pointing blame at others for their lack of leadership. Today’s Senate vote will allow millions of aspiring Americans to become citizens and raise the working standards and pay for all workers. Although this bill provides a pathway to citizenship, a top priority Latino working families will not compromise on, we recognize this bill includes provisions that do not reflect the values of Americans. While these provisions aim to weaken the bill’s original intent, our nation will benefit from this bill since it will finally begin to address our immigration problems. We now call on the U.S. House of Representatives to follow the U.S. Senate’s lead and pass this historic bill.
“Although this legislation is far from perfect, we are encouraged the Senate has passed this bill. This bill ensures over 11 million undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship while helping reduce our national debt. This is an important victory for Latinos as we have mobilized our community to achieve something many pundits believed could not be done. The Senate’s overwhelming bipartisan support of this bill shows our communities power to affect change. We will now carefully monitor the House floor debate in the days and weeks ahead and urge House members to support the Senate bill and defeat any amendments that would undermine its core elements. LCLAA will ensure that the Latino community knows which House members stand with us. A vote against immigration reform is a vote against our community and we are ready to react to reform detractors at the ballot box in 2014,” said Hector E. Sanchez, Executive Director of LCLAA.
The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families. LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers’ rights and their influence in the political process. LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership. Visit LCLAA on the web at http://www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and on Twitter.