For immediate release
June 15, 2012
Contact: Caroline O’Connor, 213-400-8401, coconnor@launionaflcio•org
Statement by Los Angeles labor leader Maria Elena Durazo
on President Obama’s Policy on Deferred Action
for America’s DREAMers
The Los Angeles labor movement praises the courage of America’s DREAMers and the leadership of President Obama for working together to provide security and opportunity for almost 1 million young people in America who will no longer live in fear. These young DREAMers, who know America as their home, will finally be able to come out of the shadows, pursue their dreams, and most importantly make tremendous contributions through their talent and hard work to our communities, our economy and our nation.
DREAMers have done the right thing, worked hard, gone to school, and in many cases served in the military. They have done what America expects of our young people. President Obama has delivered on his promise of hope and change.
The hundreds of thousands of working men and women of the Los Angeles labor movement want to thank President Obama, the Department of Homeland Security and all of the DREAMers for working together to find an effective and common sense solution to keep families together. We are a stronger and better country when we come together.
This policy is a critical first step toward fixing our broken immigration system. We call on Los Angeles elected officials to work with the President towards achieving comprehensive immigration reform for millions of undocumented workers who continue to live in the shadows.
Maria Elena Durazo is the leader of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and serves as a National Co-Chair for Re-election Campaign of President Obama.