AFL-CIO kicks off national training for Obama’s blocked immigration action
The AFL-CIO, the largest workers union in the United States, this week kicked off a national immigration implementation training to help its undocumented members gain legal status through Obama’s executive actions, although these remain blocked by a federal court.
“We knew there would be roadblocks. We knew they would be severe, and they are. Yet while the obstacles are real and they will keep coming, our resolve is firm. We will persevere, and we will prevail,” said Richard L. Trumka, president of AFL-CIO. “If anyone asks you why we’re holding this training now, while we wait for a judge to either clear the way or put up another hurdle, tell them this progress can be stalled but it cannot be stopped.”
The president’s actions are intended to offer a relief to approximately 5 million undocumented immigrants. The first one would expand the deferred action program for undocumented youth (DACA) implemented in 2012 by allowing an additional number of "dreamers" to apply for a protection from deportation and a work permit. The second one, known as DAPA, would allow parents of American citizens or residents to apply for the same protections.
However the president’s actions were blocked last month by a Federal Judge in Texas following a lawsuit by a coalition of 26 states, and the administration filed an appeal.