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Display highlighted deportation crisis’ impact on immigrant workers
(Washington, DC) Last night, the AFL-CIO and its pro-immigrant allies highlighted the cost of the deportation crisis by way of a 90 by 60 foot projection of a video onto its downtown headquarters. The event highlighted many speakers from inside the labor movement. Workers from every trade coming together to call for an end to deportations, calling for Speaker Boehner to bring the Senate passed immigration reform bill up for a vote.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka summed it up perfectly when he tweeted, “Why is the labor movement all in to stop deportations? Because deportations hurt workers, families and America. #not1more”
Tefere Gebre an Executive Vice President with the AFL-CIO stated,”No father or mother should leave their house in the morning and worry they won’t see their children again.” He continued in his speech (which is in the video just below) that “This is a moral issue.”
AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler stated, “We can’t stand by and let one more child be torn away from their parents!” Shuler called on everyone to come together to make his happen.
Others called on the President to use his power to stop the deportations now. People on stage were joined by people in the crowd “SÍ SE PUEDE” which loosely translates to Yes We Can.
The video, featuring the stories and names of deported immigrant workers, will be projected onto the AFL-CIO again tonight, May 1st, as well as tomorrow, May 2nd, from 8:30pm to 11:30.
However, if you are not in the Washington D.C. area, you can see the video here.
Everyday over one-thousand hard working aspiring Americans are being deported while Congress sits in gridlock. These people are being torn away from their families, their friends, their neighbors, and their homes. Many of these immigrants have been waiting for over a decade to be given the chance to become Americans.
President Obama has the power to stop this, and he should use it. If Congress will not get off their butts and do something about these deportations, the President should.