Virginia Diamond Attends AFL-CIO Citizenship Fair
On Saturday, June 28, Ashcraft & Gerel’s Virginia Diamond provided legal assistance at the first ever Citizenship Fair at the national AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The goal of the Citizenship Fair was to help immigrants fill out their applications for citizenship or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). With the help of dozens of volunteers donning their union t-shirts in the AFL-CIO building, over 100 immigrants filled out their applications, as pictured here.“It was a great testament to the labor movement’s commitment to immigrant rights,” said Ms. Diamond.
According to an AFL-CIO webpage, there are an estimated 8.8 million people who are eligible for American citizenship. However, over the past four years, a mere 750,000 have applied every year. AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Terefe Gebre explains, “Full citizenship is about equality in our democracy. We will work to assist immigrants to become citizens, and then to register and vote. And Congress will continue to deny full citizenship to our new Americans at their own risk.”
We congratulate the AFL-CIO, in partnership with the Northern Virginia AFL-CIO (NoVA Labor), the Metropolitan DC AFL-CIO, the Ironworkers, LiUNA (the Laborers), Casa de Maryland, and other organizations, for their efforts on behalf of immigrant rights. We look forward to participating in many more programs of this kind throughout the metropolitan D.C. area.