Texas AFL-CIO Blasts Policy Attacking Legal Immigrants Who Struggle Extra Hard to Make Ends Meet

"In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread." - Anatole France

The Texas AFL-CIO today strongly criticized a proposed White House rules change that would force immigrants to forego benefits for which they are legally and constitutionally eligible if they want to obtain green cards.

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

"In some 400 pages of legal gobbledygook, the White House makes one big point: Some of the hardest-working people in America are not good enough and their families don't matter. We won't stand for it."

"The 'public charge' proposal would punish documented immigrants and send our nation further toward rejecting working people simply because they are poor. Immigrant workers take the toughest jobs, often more than one at a time, and too often are treated as a sub-class in the workplace. It is disgusting that working people who want only a fair shot now face a President who thinks character and prospects are to be measured primarily by how much money is in one's pocket."

"Immigrant working people who build our homes, prepare our food, care for our elderly and do so much more should receive a path to citizenship and success, not a declaration that their prospects will end if, within the law and for the benefit of their families, they enroll in anti-poverty programs to make ends meet."

"We wish we could say that ahead of a major election, this proposal is purely politics. But it's worse than that. It's un-American."