Which begs the obvious question, how does amnesty help the due-paying rank-and-file members?
The AFL-CIO is launching a 14-city campaign to build support for a pathway to citizenship, even as the union’s president continues to negotiate with the Chamber of Commerce over the inclusion of a guest worker program in a final immigration reform deal.
“There was no surge demanding a guest-worker program,” Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Secretary-Treasurer Maria Elena Durazo said Thursday on a conference call announcing the campaign, referring to the results of the 2012 election. “There was a surge in the Latino vote.”
The call, which AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka repeatedly tried to bring back to the push for a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States even as reporters peppered him with questions about negotiations over the guest worker program, highlighted the dual role labor has in the immigration debate.
The first event of the 14-city campaign, which an AFL-CIO spokesman said could expand, was Wednesday in Raleigh, North Carolina. The other 13 cities are Las Vegas, Atlanta, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Ore., Anaheim, Calif., San Francisco, Miami, St. Paul, Minn., Phoenix, New York City and Chicago.