AFSA Resolution on Road Maps to Citizenship

Whereas, everyday, more than 11 million immigrant aspiring citizens contribute to our communities, our economy and our country-yet they are denied a voice in the workplace and essential rights in our society, and

Whereas, a strong and vibrant democracy cannot function unless all men and women, regardless of their skin color or where they were born, can participate meaningfully in the political process with full rights and equal protections, and

Whereas, AFSA recognizes that the way we treat new immigrants reflects our commitment to the values that define us, and

Whereas, working people are strongest when working together and the union movement is strongest when it is open to all workers, regardless of where they come from, and

Whereas, the creation of a road map to citizenship for immigrant aspiring Americans would improve wages and labor standards for all workers by giving immigrant workers a voice in the workplace and halting employers who take advantage of our failed immigration policies to pursue a race to the bottom, and

Whereas, temporary worker programs do not reflect America’s values as a democratic society. History teaches that guestworker programs create a second class of workers, unable to exercise even the most fundamental rights, which lowers wages and working conditions for all workers, and

Whereas, AFSA remains committed to working together on the side of justice for all, along with our community partners, including civil rights, human rights and immigrant rights organizations, to pass fundamental reform that encompasses these principles;

Therefore be it Resolved, that the American Federation of School Administrators, AFL-CIO, call upon Congress to pass common-sense immigration reform that includes a practical and inclusive road map to citizenship and that reflects the principles outlines in the unified union movement’s framework for comprehensive immigration reform, “Immigration for Shared Prosperity: A Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform”, and

Be it Further Resolved, that the American Federation of School Administrators will continue to work with allies to promote comprehensive immigration reform based on the principles outlines in this resolution and will communicate this position to the U.S. Congress.