This week, Spanish-language media covered the growing support for the immigration reform movement, as well as the civil disobedience act on Capitol Hill where hundreds of women were arrested protesting for immigration reform.
On Monday, the AFL-CIO floated a plan to allow non-unionized workers–including those working in the immigrant advocacy movement–to join unions. AFL-CIO believes that the future of the labor movement in the US will benefit from immigration reform, which will bring millions of supporters to their movement.
The following outlets also reported on this subject: La Opinion
In Washington, the debate over immigration reform is moving slowly, but outside of the capital, the number of state immigration laws that have been passed have skyrocketed.
According to a report released by the National Conference of State Legislators, 311 laws and resolutions related to immigration reform have been passed by legislators from 43 states. The 311, from January to June of this year, represent an 83% increase from the number of laws passed in the first half of 2012.
These laws and resolutions deal with all types of issues, from driver’s licenses for immigrants, to funds for providing English classes, to laws mandating that employers check the legal status of job applicants.
More than 100 women were arrested yesterday in Washington D.C. for participating in the biggest civil disobedience act so far from the immigration reform movement. Mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts were willing to risk arrest in order to protest the lack of action in the House for immigration reform.
As they awaited arrest by Capitol police, many of them sang with smiles on their faces, knowing that they were fighting for their families.
The women said that they are tired of living in the shadows and living in fear. They no longer want their children to suffer and they want to stop the separation of families.