RESOLUTION NO. 67 – SUPPORTING COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM IN THE UNITED STATES

SUPPORTING COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM
IN THE UNITED STATES

WHEREAS, America’s immigration system is badly broken; and

WHEREAS, it penalizes too many people whose only crime is trying to make a better life for themselves and their families; and

WHEREAS, the current system hurts all workers as our collective strength is undermined; and

WHEREAS, work is not a crime; and

WHEREAS, guest worker visa programs undercut wages and working conditions for all workers, including U.S. workers, thereby lowering the living standards for all; and

WHEREAS, guest workers are coerced to work under poor conditions and at low wages to maintain their visas which their employers control; and

WHEREAS, employers often use their control over guest workers to thwart workers’ concerted activities to improve working conditions, including forming unions; and

WHEREAS, employers have used guest worker visa programs to transform permanent jobs to temporary jobs in many industries; and

WHEREAS, the time to create a principled, legal immigration system that treats all immigrants with respect and dignity is right now;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the PA AFL-CIO support passage of comprehensive immigration reform in 2014; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that reform should include a roadmap to citizenship for those already here, an effective mechanism for determining employment eligibility, smart and humane border enforcement, streamlined family reunification, and a fair process for allocating employment-based visas; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that reform must not be piecemeal or incremental.  It must be comprehensive and timely; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the PA AFL-CIO advocate the eventual abolition of guest worker programs; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED,  that reform must not establish unattainable enforcement goals.  Provisions designed only to keep the undocumented from becoming citizens are unacceptable.

Submitted by: UFCW Local 1776

Referred to: Resolutions Committee

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