WASHINGTON, D.C.–During yesterday’s Democratic debate, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders referenced LULAC’s opposition to The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 that helped guide his decision to oppose the measure because it failed to provide important provisions for guest worker programs. Senator Sanders specifically citedLULAC’s strong opposition to the temporary worker provisions, which would have created a guest worker program that would have exploited immigrant workers by relegating them to low-skill manual labor.
“Senator Sanders’ mention of LULAC’s efforts to oppose the proposed immigration reform of 2007 demonstrates the power of LULAC’s grassroots efforts,” said LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha, Jr. “LULAC is committed to preserving the dignity of all immigrant workers, and Senator Sanders’ ‘no’ vote in 2007 shows that the voices of our community reverberated through the halls of Congress and impacted national policy. We will continue to fight for comprehensive immigration reform that supports family unification, respects the human rights of immigrant workers, and provides a pathway to citizenship for the millions of immigrants already making positive contributions to this country.”