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Americans know that our strength has always been built on the simple notion that America is a place where many become one. The AFT, as the representative of those who teach and care for our next generation, is working to open the path to opportunity and the American dream for the next generation of immigrants and citizens. The time for commonsense, comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform is long overdue. -Randi Weingarten



AFT members joined immigration reform supporters April 9 on the National Mall to welcome activists returning from a cross-country tour. Two "Fast for Families Across America" buses set out from Los Angeles on Jan. 27, and stopped at nearly 100 congressional offices on their way to Washington, D.C. They were demanding that Speaker John Boehner bring comprehensive immigration reform to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote. The AFT is part of a large coalition of labor, faith-based and community organizations committed to reclaiming the promise for all who make America home—regardless of where they were born. Learn more at



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The AFT remains committed to working with community, labor, faith based networks, students and parents - together with one voice, to pass fundamental immigration reform that encompasses and reflects our shared values of dignity, fairness, opportunity, voice and justice for all. We know that when everyone works together, our children, youth and families reap the benefits.


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Gabby Pacheco

Gaby Pacheco
Gaby's parents brought her to this country from Ecuador when she was 7. Gaby was the highest ranked Jr R.O.T.C. student in her high school, and she received the highest score on the military’s aptitude test but was unable to enlist because she did not have legal status. Gaby is one of four students who walked all the way from Miami, FL. to Washington, D.C. to build support for the DREAM Act.


Minchul Suk

Minchul Suk
Minchul Suk was brought to the U.S. from South Korea by his parents in 1991 when he was 9. He graduated from high school with a 4.2 GPA and  graduated from UCLA with a degree in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. He has passed the national boards and licensing exams but cannot obtain a dental license because he is undocumented.


Benita Veliz

Benita Veliz
Benita was brought to the U.S. from Mexico by her parents in 1993, when she was 8. Graduating  as the valedictorian of her high school class at the age of 16, she received a full scholarship to St. Mary's University, where she graduated from the Honors program with a double major in biology and sociology.


Julieta Garibay

Julieta Garibay
Julieta Garibay was brought to the United States in 1992, when she was 11. Julieta graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and earned a master’s degree in public health nursing. Julieta has been a Registered Nurse since 2004, but she is undocumented, so she cannot work legally in America.