Unions shift their stance
Labor leaders accept immigrants into their ranks
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
In the early 1980s, it would not have been unheard-of for union leaders who suspected immigrants were working illegally to call the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
In the current nationwide debate over immigration reform, the AFL-CIO has come out against a stringent House bill, which would make it a crime for an employer to hire an undocumented worker, and has announced its support for proposals that make it easier for them to become citizens.
The shift in attitude has emerged over the last few years as unions have realized that immigrant workers were perfect members: They needed protection, they didn’t have any, and there were a lot of them.