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Idaho AFL-CIO chief: Immigration action ‘rational and humane’

In sharp contrast to statements from Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation, Idaho AFL-CIO President Aaron White has issued a statement praising President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. Here’s his full statement:

“We have witnessed an important step toward rational and humane enforcement of immigration law.  On behalf of Idaho’s workers, we appreciate the President’s willingness to act boldly on this matter.  With the extension of work authorization to an estimated 4 million people, the Obama Administration has effectively helped to prevent those unscrupulous employers from using unprotected workers to drive down wages and working conditions for all of us. Unfortunately, more than half of those who currently lack legal protections will remain vulnerable to wage theft, retaliation, and other forms of exploitation.  The labor movement will continue to stand with all workers, regardless of status, to ensure that their voices are heard and their rights are protected.”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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