Now is the time for Comprehensive Immigration Reform



cir1Comprehensive Immigration Reform is a big deal. It’s not just about folks living in the most noted border states, like Texas and California. Among other things it will help the economy of our state. More on that later.

Why now?

AFSCME is committed to seeing comprehensive immigration reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship become law this year.  Comprehensive immigration reform is a workers rights’ issue, a families’ issue, and an economic issue.

In an historic step, the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform on June 28th by a bi-partisan vote of 68 to 32.

This August, we are making a push for the U.S. House of Representatives to act on this vital issue.

Starting next week, AFSCME, the Federation and coalition partners will take part in a number of events to persuade our members of Congress to support comprehensive immigration reform. Details on those as we get closer to those dates.

Why comprehensive immigration reform matters to AFSCME members:  

Provides more revenue for public services

Boosts our economy and helps the middle class

Raises wages for all workers by stopping worker abuse and intimidation

Protects the communities we serve and keeps families together

Gains pro-worker and pro-public employee allies

For a look at a working families’ perspective on immigration reform in 2 minutes click through this presentation from the AFL-CIO:
http://prezi.com/iwz5y0tjdul-/citizenship-now-common-sense-immigration-policy/#share_email.

Also, follow the latest news and facts on AFSCME’s immigration page: http://www.afscme.org/issues/immigration.

How Comprehensive Immigration Reform will help Washington’s economy

Washington will experience significant economic growth if S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” is enacted.

According to a recent Center for American Progress report, the economic outcome will mean:

• $21.3 billion cumulative increase in gross Washington product over 10 years.

• $12.5 billion cumulative increase in the earnings of all Washington residents over 10 years.

• 3,083 additional jobs annually in Washington brought about by immigration reform.

• $10.4 billion cumulative additional earnings of immigrants in Washington over the next decade, who will pay an additional $1.3 billion in state and local taxes over this time period.

Tell the House: Vote on Immigration

It’s easy. To send an e-mail to your U.S. member of Congress to support Comprehensive Immigration Reform, go to: http://action.afscme.org/c/51/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=6951

One America events

Our coalition partners in One America have scheduled a number of community events in support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform:

Sunnyside: August 10, Ministerio Vapi, 906 E. Edison Ave

Walla Walla: August 10, 7pm, Jefferson Park/Senior Center

Spokane: August 11, 1:30pm, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Moses Lake: August 12, 7pm, location TBA

Bellevue: August 12, Jubilee REACH Center

Seattle: August 15, 6pm, Union Gospel Mission

Burlington/Mt. Vernon: August 21, 7pm, St. Charles Church

For more information on these events online, go to: https://www.weareoneamerica.org/august-turning-heat-citizenship

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