Thursday, June 13, 2013


Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The U.S. Senate is taking up comprehensive immigration reform this week and AFSCME members know that it’s a fight in which we must be invested. 

America now has a broken immigration system that leaves 11 million people in the shadows of our society and weakens the economy for ALL of us by encouraging the exploitation of immigrant workers. We will all benefit by fixing this broken system.

The Senate’s debate on the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” (S. 744) must end with a vote to bring undocumented immigrants in the U.S. out of the shadows and onto a path to citizenship. Your United States senators need to hear from you that the time for immigration reform is now.

This is about all of us. It’s about Rebecca Zaremba of AFSCME Local 34 (Council 5), a case management assistant in Minnesota who is trying to help immigrant families access the services they need. It’s about Hupert Rose, the water plant operator in Florida, AFSCME Local 3293 (Council 79), who came to the United States in search of opportunity and works hard for it. It’s about Edmundo Cavazos, the medical interpreter in Washington, AFSCME Local 1671 (Council 28) who helps immigrant families navigate so much more than just our medical system. 

AFSCME supports S. 744 because it would boost our economy, provide more money for public services and raise wages for all workers.

Please: Contact both of your senators today.

In solidarity,

Chuck Loveless
Director of Federal Government Affairs

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