Editor's note: Representatives from California Central Labor Councils and unions are among those who travelled out to DC to lobby Congress on immigration reform today.
This week, working families are calling 27 U.S. senators and urging them to vote for an immigration reform bill that provides a reliable road map to citizenship for more than 11 million aspiring Americans.
The bill is expected to reach the floor of the Senate this week, and the labor movement is ramping up its national campaign in support of the bill through phone calls, Internet advertisements and by having more than 50 leaders and allies from 24 states fly to Washington, D.C., to lobby elected officials today, the first full day of Senate debate.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined President Obama for a press conference at the White House on Tuesday.
Americans get it—our broken immigration system hurts all working people, immigrant or locally born alike. Justice and politics are in alignment, and the labor movement is committed to putting its full weight behind the cause of citizenship.
UPDATE: The US Senate voted 84-15 yesterday to begin debate on the Gang of Eight's immigration bill, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, after Republicans failed to muster a filibuster.
NOW is the time to make your voice heard. Click here to call your Senator today and express your support for a roadmap to citizenship.
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