As the Senate closes in on its immigration reform proposal, SEIU members urge our elected officials that a commonsense immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship will strengthen our families, our communities and our country.
On April 10th, tens of thousands of SEIU members and activists will rally on the U.S. Capitol, calling for immigration reform now. We will be joined by our partners and allies from labor, faith, civil rights, immigrant and community groups.
For those unable to attend the D.C. event, there are over 50 echo actions happening across the country, from April 6 - 10th, building momentum around this important legislation. You can find the event nearest you, and take part in this historic moment.
SEIU President Mary Kay Henry will speak at the event on April 10th, along with other civil rights leaders and a growing list of talented artists, including: Elizabeth Alexander, the 2009 inaugural poet; Andy Andy, a top bachata star; and Olga Tañon, a Grammy-winning recording artist.
More than 11 million immigrants - a population the size of the state of Ohio - live and work in the U.S. today without benefit of immigration status, labor protections, civil rights, and political enfranchisement.
But the time is now to create an immigration system that works: to create a reasonable roadmap to citizenship, to prioritize our families, to end employer intimidation and exploitation, and to stabilize and grow our economy by bringing these 11 million aspiring citizens out of the shadows.
Over the last two weeks, SEIU members have been speaking directly to elected officials in their home towns about how important this legislation is.
When immigration reform supporters held up signs that said "Thank you," to Senator McCain, he posed for a photo with the advocates.
In Pennsylvania, SEIU 32BJ members delivered a letter to Senator Toomey's office calling for immigration reform. The letter stated, "New immigrants have always contributed to our communities, our society, and our economy," and was signed by all those in attendance.