On Feb. 10, the UFCW applauded the reintroduction of the DREAM Act by U.S. Senator Dick J. Durbin (D-Ill.). This legislation would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals who were brought to the United States as children and meet certain education or work requirements.
“The DREAM Act is about protecting and recognizing the young people who have called America home for as long as they can remember,” said UFCW International President Marc Perrone in a statement. “As America’s largest private-sector union, the UFCW is made up of countless DREAMers who serve in essential roles that have kept our country running.”
“This nation was built by generations of hard-working immigrants who were given the chance to realize the American Dream, but for years DREAMers have lived in an uncertain reality,” Perrone added. “This legislation would provide much needed stability and recognition to these incredible young people who help make up the fabric of our nation. Make no mistake, immigrant rights are workers’ rights, and our union will continue to stand with DREAMers everywhere in their fight to keep calling our country home.”