Biden First-Day Orders Point to Justice for Texas Workers On Immigration, Workers First Agenda

The Texas AFL-CIO commended President Joe Biden today for Executive Orders and other actions that lay out a better path for the United States, including justice for millions of immigrants in Texas and the nation.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay issued this statement:

"For four years, immigrant workers have faced not just bad policy from the White House — including heartless family separations — but slurs, denunciations and scapegoating by the departed President. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are laying out a course for immigrant workers toward justice and a fair shot."

"The White House actions include a clear path to citizenship for Dreamers and refugees who struggle under a shadow of potential deportation. They are also a clarion call for larger reforms, including a path to citizenship under which immigrants already making a positive contribution to our economy would have meaningful notice of requirements in an above-board process. Texas would enjoy outsized benefits from comprehensive immigration reform. Congress should set partisanship aside and move quickly to build a better immigration system that conquers fear."

"Immigration is part of labor's national Workers First Agenda that includes raising wages, expanding health care, demanding racial justice and civil rights for all, making workplaces safer, making retirement more secure, providing workers a stronger voice on the job, and doing all this while taking dead aim at defeating a pandemic that has cost our nation 400,000 lives and counting."

"It's a new day. Almost immediately, the White House's actions are a good start."