Immigration

WHEREAS, the Texas AFL-CIO has consistently joined the national AFL-CIO in support of comprehensive immigration reform that would include placing undocumented workers on a lawful path to citizenship;

WHEREAS, the Texas AFL-CIO has advocated for legal status for Dreamers, who came to the U.S. at a young age with their parents, have known life only in America and are making important and growing contributions to the United States;

WHEREAS, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to consider the constitutionality of the Executive Order by President Obama that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) during the court’s 2019-2020 term – an issue that could become moot if Congress would make law;

WHEREAS, the Texas AFL-CIO has also joined the AFL-CIO in supporting a lawful path to citizenship for immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status, many of whom face mortal danger in their home countries if forced to return;

WHEREAS, Texas has an estimated 386,300 immigrants out of the 2.5 million people in the DACA, TPS and DED categories;

WHEREAS, the average Dreamers arrived in the U.S. at age 8 and the average holder of TPS and DED status has been in the U.S. for 22 years;

WHEREAS, immigrants that would be helped by the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 are pursuing their educations, starting businesses, paying taxes, creating jobs, building families and advocating for a better society; 

WHEREAS, at the same time, immigrant workers do not receive the full measure of available benefits or workplace rights that they could pursue if they had full legal status;

WHEREAS, nevertheless, immigrants included in DACA, TPS and DED are making significant contributions to the labor movement in Texas;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that delegates to the Texas AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention renew the state federation’s endorsement of comprehensive immigration reform legislation; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, delegates to the 60thTexas AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention endorse prompt passage of legislation that would deliver legal status and a path to citizenship for immigrants in the DACA, TPS and DED programs.