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DETROIT - The UAW applauds President Obama for setting out a constructive framework for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
"Our country's immigration system is broken. Without a pathway to citizenship, millions of workers are forced into a shadow economy and exploited by unscrupulous employers," said UAW President Bob King. "That drives down wages and working conditions for all workers, and puts employers who want to do the right thing at a competitive disadvantage. It's past time to lift the fear of deportation for individuals who are contributing to our country."
"The current system divides families and forces workers to live in fear," added UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, who leads the union's organizing efforts in the auto parts industry. "No child should be separated from their parents. Too many children go to school in the morning not knowing whether their parent will be home when they return. Our country can do better for our families."
With senators from both parties expressing support for reform, King expressed optimism that Congress would act soon to pass a comprehensive measure adopting the framework set out by the president.
"The UAW will work hard with our allies in the labor, immigration rights, women's rights, civil rights, environmental and LGBT movements, and all those who care about a more just society, to ensure that Congress sends a comprehensive reform bill with a path to citizenship to President Obama's desk this spring," King said.