One of the most powerful national unions condemned President Barack Obama when it pledged to openly defy the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) recent crackdown on illegal immigrants Wednesday.
While amnesty has been a central tenet of Obama’s immigration policy, the AFL-CIO argues his administration has failed to properly help illegal immigrants. The DHS has recently been conducting more armed raids against those suspected of coming into the country illegally. The union has pledged to defy the administration to stop the deportation raids.
“Whether that means providing support for rapid response efforts, helping to ensure that communities are organized against deportations, or identifying places of sanctuary, including our union halls,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said. “The labor movement will stand strong with Central American refugees until we see an end to these raids and a real commitment to ensuring full and fair legal proceedings.”
DHS Secretary Jeh C. Johnson detailed his commitment Jan. 4 to deport those immigrants who came here illegally. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters the same day that the president has not been directly involved in the decision.
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