September 20, 2021
Contact: Pablo Stein
LCLAA Will Continue Fighting for a Path to Citizenship
in the Face of the Senate Parliamentarian’s Decision
Washington, DC – On September 19th, the Senate parliamentarian ruled against a legislative argument that would have allowed Congress to enact a pathway to citizenship via the budget reconciliation process. The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is disappointed by this setback in the fight for immigration reform but we will continue to advocate energetically for a path to citizenship, including through other mechanisms of the reconciliation process.
As this statement is released, LCLAA members across the country are calling their Senators to support a path to citizenship for the broadest group of undocumented immigrants possible. Undocumented workers are a vital part of their local communities, our national workforce, and our economy. Over the past months of the pandemic, many of them have risked their health and that of their family to keep basic services running and our communities afloat. They deserve the stability and labor rights that permanent residency can provide.
In the coming months, LCLAA will continue to fight for a path to citizenship and hold Democratic leaders accountable to the promises they have made for comprehensive immigration reform. Building back better depends on the contributions of every American worker, regardless of immigration status. But we will never achieve a just recovery until we give undocumented workers the right they deserve and recognize their enormous contribution to our nation.
The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families. LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers’ rights and their influence in the political process. LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, independent unions and all their affiliate unions. Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram